There are new and fascinating breakthroughs in stroke treatment, and some local first responders got to learn all about them on Saturday.

Mercy Health hosted a stroke education event at the Jewish Community Center in Youngstown.

The unique setting featured several tables with different stroke topics and a 10-minute learning session.

They focused on the expanded treatment window, which has gone from six hours to 24 hours, according to the American Heart Association.

Mercy officials say the sessions are important not only for the EMTs but for stroke patients and those at risk.

"This allows us to give them an option for treatment when they come in," says Vanessa Zimmerlee. "In the past, if you came in past six hours, there wasn't a whole lot we could do as far as reversing that stroke." 

Mercy Health stroke team members were on hand throughout Saturday morning and into the afternoon.

There were even several small raffles held as well.

Mercy Health has the only stroke center in Youngstown.