Mayo Clinic’s Eugene L. Scharf, M.D., Robert D. Brown Jr., M.D., M.P.H. and Harry Cloft, M.D., Ph.D. discuss how the team at Mayo Clinic provides each patient individualized care to help maximize quality of life. 700,000 to 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. Many people can lower their risk of stroke with medical risk factor modification. When a stroke occurs, prompt treatment is crucial. Every minute counts and can reduce brain damage and other complications. “Some patients who would have had a devastating stroke come out of the hospital with no deficient, no difficulties whatsoever,” says Robert D. Brown Jr., M.D., M.P.H.