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The Impact of Stroke in Ontario

  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability.
  • More women than men die from stroke.
  • More women die of stroke than breast cancer.
  • There are an estimated 25,500 new stroke events in Ontario 15,500 hospital inpatient admissions, every year.
  • At least every 30 minutes, one new stroke occurs in Ontario.
  • More than 5,500 (22%) of Ontarians die within one year of their stroke.
  • The burden of those living with stroke is almost $1billion annually.
  • One in five residents in long-term care has had a stroke.
  • It is now well-established that patients who receive stroke unit care are more likely to survive, return home and regain independence compared to patients who receive less organized forms of care. Stroke unit care is characterized by an experienced interprofessional stroke team, including physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, among others, dedicated to the management of stroke patients and located within a geographically defined space.
  • Source: Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations: Acute Inpatient Stroke Care Guidelines, Update 2015. http://wso.sagepub.com/content/11/2/239.full.pdf+html
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