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The Impact of Stroke in Ontario

  • The human cost of stroke is immeasurable.
  • Every year, approximately 62,000 people with ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) are treated in Canadian hospitals.
  • It is estimated that for each symptomatic stroke, there are nine covert strokes that result in vascular cognitive impairment – that can range from subtle changes in cognitive function and processes to severe vascular dementia.
  • Stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases are the third leading cause of death in Canada.
  • Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability, with over 405,000 Canadians living with the effects of stroke.
  • About 60% of stroke patients are left with some disability and more than 40% are left with moderate to severe disability that requires more intense rehabilitation and support in the community. In Canada, 19% of people with stroke accessed inpatient rehabilitation services in 2016 and 10% were admitted to long-term care.
  • Although there are many proven interventions for stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, they are not widely or consistently applied.
  • In Canada there are more than 10,000 children (0 – 18 years) living with stroke.
  • Stroke unit care is recognized as the gold standard when it comes to acute stroke care. It is 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
  • Optimal Acute Inpatient Stroke Care
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