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Equal access to quality stroke care

Each year, approximately 50,000 strokes occur in Canada and almost 16,000 Canadians die as a result of stroke. Recognizing stroke signs and getting immediate medical attention within three hours of stroke onset has a major impact on survival and recovery.

Yet only 20 to 25% of people who have a stroke actually get emergency care within this critical window. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is committed to improving stroke treatment, research, care and recovery for all Canadians.

We collaborate with government, healthcare professionals and leading health organizations to provide the leadership, expertise and insight needed to revolutionize how we manage stroke in Canada.

This collaboration has led to the launch of the Canadian Stroke Strategy, a comprehensive program designed to provide all Canadians with the best stroke care possible, regardless of where they live, by 2010. The Strategy helps provinces and territories do the best job possible to prevent and treat strokes, and to rehabilitate and reintegrate survivors back into their communities. The Strategy will also help build public awareness around stroke, develop guidelines and standards of care, provide training for health professionals and coordinate research efforts.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Stroke Network – a collaboration of more than 100 of Canada’s leading scientists and clinicians from 24 universities who work on various aspects of stroke – are key partners in this initiative that will enhance Canada’s leadership in stroke prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, research and surveillance.

Read more about stroke.