First Québec Summit to Conquer Stroke - When time and energy save lives

    MONTREAL, Oct. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - It is a medical fact still not well known
to much of the public that strokes are the main cause of disability among
adults and one of the top causes of death in Québec. Having made stroke a
priority for a number of years, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec is
today launching the first Québec Summit to Conquer Stroke, which will bring
together more than 100 health professionals.
    "We are very proud today to be presenting this new Summit, which will
feature speakers that include some of the greatest stroke care experts in the
country," stated Mr. Jean Noel, president and CEO of the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Québec. "They will explain their theories and talk about their
experience in the cerebrovascular field, both in Québec and elsewhere in
Canada. Today, one goal brings us together: reducing the number of strokes and
improving the quality of life of those who have suffered one."
    This important day for consolidation of services for stroke victims is
also aimed at involving the main actors in the implementation of the Québec
Stroke Strategy. It is estimated that, currently in Québec, stroke strikes one
person every hour and more than 65% of stroke patients suffer major
impairments or disabilities or die as a result. The solution to reducing these
risks is the intervention time between diagnosis and treatment; for this time
to be as short as possible, the general public must recognize the early signs
of stroke.
    Since 2005, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec has been working
with health organizations and stakeholders to develop a Québec-wide series of
rapid, high-quality services for people who suffer a stroke and those at risk.
If it was adopted by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, this
strategy would consolidate all steps of intervention: prevention,
prehospitalization, treatment, rehabilitation, and reintegration into the
    However, the strategy has not yet been instituted, and the Heart and
Stroke Foundation of Québec feels that it is urgent to act. "In Québec, the
number of individuals directly affected stands at between 15,000 and 20,000,
not including family members," noted Dr. Louise-Hélène Lebrun, neurologist at
CHUM's Hôpital Notre-Dame and member of the working group on the Québec Stroke
Strategy. "This figure, already alarming, will grow constantly in coming
years, as the population ages. This observation concerns us greatly and has
pushed us to be proactive and find concrete solutions to improve the
    "To achieve this, the Foundation is asking the Ministère to create an
implementation committee so that by 2010 Québec will have a provincial
strategy to conquer stroke, with the resources required and the necessary
reorganization of current services," said Mr. Noel.
    According to Dr. Antoine Hakim, CEO and scientific director of the
Canadian Stroke Network, "Adoption of a strategy on stroke integrated with
prevention, active care, and rehabilitation, has proved effective elsewhere in
Canada. It is high time that Québec set up a system for stroke victims
wherever they reside."

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the
advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living,
and advocacy.

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For further information: or to set up an interview: Alexandra Beaudry,
(514) 871-8038 ext. 232, (514) 792-8038; A spokesperson will be available
after 4:00 pm at the InterContinental Hotel, 360 rue Saint-Antoine Ouest,
Sarah Bernhardt Room.

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