CALGARY, Oct. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Research from the Canadian Stroke Congress for release October 1 includes:
Hidden stroke impairment isolates thousands
Most people are completely unaware of one of stroke's most common,
debilitating but invisible impairments, according to the first
awareness survey of its kind in Canada. A survey of 832 adults in
southern Ontario found that only two per cent of respondents could
correctly identify aphasia as a communication disorder affecting the
ability to speak, understand, read or write.
Junk food diet could lead to stroke, dementia in younger adults
Researchers predict strokes and dementia for people in their 30s and 40s
who eat a high-sugar, high-salt, high-sodium diet. This 'cafeteria
diet' induced most symptoms of metabolic syndrome - a combination of
high levels of cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and obesity -
in rats after only two months.
Stroke patients get antidepressants but no diagnosis for depression
Physicians are prescribing anti-depressants for stroke patients without
first giving them a proper diagnosis: they are over-treating some
patients, and overlooking others. Only 3 of 294 patients in
southwestern Ontario were properly screened and diagnosed with
depression, but 40 per cent of these stroke patients were given
People recover better at home than in hospital
A Calgary-based project known as Early Supported Discharge sends
patients home to receive rehab, leading to better mental and physical
health, shorter waiting times for therapy and nearly $1M in savings.
160 patients received therapy three to five times a week for an average
of five weeks.
Medical residents in the ER need more stroke training
Only two of 20 emergency medicine residency programs across Canada
required on-the-job training in stroke neurology. Less than two per
cent of lecture time per year was devoted to stroke, but people with
stroke account for 5% of emergency department patients. More training
is needed to deliver better care.
Exercising after stroke improves brain health
Six months of exercise reduced problems in memory, language, thinking
and judgment for stroke patients by almost 50 per cent. Toronto
researchers had 41 stroke patients follow a fitness plan five days a
week, and saw improvements to mental and physical fitness.
Rehab robots help detect invisible stroke side effects
Calgary researchers studied 185 subjects and found that tests using a
robot better measure patients' sense of limb position, speed and
direction of limb movement. Until now, rehabilitation experts have
relied on their judgment to assess impairment after stroke. Robotic
technology standardizes these measurements.
Stroke care strategy benefits patients in Nova Scotia
Retraining staff, hiring stroke coordinators in each stroke district and
creating distinct stroke teams are just a few ways health officials in
Nova Scotia improved stroke care. Thanks to the Nova Scotia stroke
strategy, rolled out in 2008, the number of patients discharged to
long-term facilities fell from 12 per cent to seven per cent, while
considerably more patients received treatment in stroke units.
EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 10:00 AM, MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012
Calgary Stroke Program, Toronto Rehab receive "Distinction" awards
The Calgary Stroke Program continues to be one of the top stroke
programs in Canada and today received a second "Stroke Services
Distinction" award from Accreditation Canada. It remains the only
comprehensive stroke program in the country with this status. Also
re-accredited with "distinction" is the Toronto Rehabilitation
Institute for its stroke rehabilitation program. Both organizations
were the first in Canada to achieve "distinction" in 2010 and underwent
a second complete review this summer, showing even further improvement
in care across the board.
There are about 50,000 strokes in Canada every year and another 315,000
people living with the after-effects of stroke. The Canadian Stroke
Congress is co-hosted by the Canadian Stroke Network, the Heart and
Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Stroke Consortium.
To read the full releases, visit: www.strokecongress.ca/2012/media
SOURCE: Canadian Stroke Congress
For further information:
and/or interviews, contact
The CSC 2012 MEDIA OFFICE (Sept. 30 to Oct. 2) at 403-218-7868
Cathy Campbell, Canadian Stroke Network, 613-852-2303 (cell)
Holly Roy, Heart and Stroke Foundation, 780-991-2323