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CALGARY, Oct. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Research from the Canadian Stroke Congress for release October 2 includes:
Sleep apnea plays dual role in stroke
Improvements to the diagnosis and screening of sleep apnea are critical
to stroke prevention, according to new stroke care guidelines released
today at the Canadian Stroke Congress. Obstructive sleep apnea, a
disorder where the flow of air to the brain pauses or decreases during
sleep, is both a risk factor for stroke and a complication following
Expand telestroke in all provinces to save lives, reduce disability
Widespread use of telestroke -- two-way audiovisual linkups between
neurologists in stroke centres and emergency rooms in underserved and
rural areas -- would save lives, reduce disability and cut health-care
costs in all parts of Canada, according to a major national report
released today at the Canadian Stroke Congress.
Calgary-based support group connects people with stroke
People affected by stroke provide support and answers for new stroke
patients in a peer-to-peer support program called I.N.S.P.I.R.E.S
(In-Patient Support Program In REcovery from Stroke). Now in its second
year, the Calgary program has recruited and trained 12 volunteers who
have provided support and resources to hundreds of stroke patients.
Improved stroke care in Alberta benefits patients
Stroke care has improved considerably in Alberta following the
implementation of the Alberta Provincial Stroke Strategy (APSS) in
2006, leading to more targeted patient care and fewer health
complications, according to a study presented today at the Canadian
Stroke Congress. More patients are getting brain scans and treatment in
specialized stroke units.
Smoking clouds the brain after stroke
A study of stroke and TIA patients from Southern Ontario found those who
smoke have more difficulty with problem-solving and decision-making
EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 10:00 AM, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012
Two standout Canadian studies were honoured at the Canadian Stroke
Congress. UBC researcher Thomas Harrison won the Innovation Award for
his research on the brain's ability to heal itself. Impact
Award-winning researcher Gustavo Saposnik of U of T showcased an app
that accurately forecasts the effects of stroke treatment to keep
doctors and patients more informed.
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.
The Canadian Stroke Network, www.canadianstrokenetwork.ca, is a national research network headquartered at the University of
Ottawa. It includes scientists, clinicians and health-policy experts
committed to reducing the impact of stroke.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, www.heartandstroke.ca, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease
and stroke, reducing their impact through the advancement of research
and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.
Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it
SOURCE: Canadian Stroke Congress
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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
Congress information at www.strokecongress.ca