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A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function. It’s caused when the flow of blood to the brain is interrupted (an ischemic stroke) or there’s a rupture of blood vessels in the brain (a hemorrhagic stroke). The interruption of the blood flow or the rupture of blood vessels causes brain cells (neurons) in the affected area to die. The effects of a stroke depend upon where the brain was injured, as well as how much damage occurred.
The Stroke Prevention Clinic has a team of experts to treat patients who are at risk of having a stroke. We also provide ongoing care for those who have already experienced a stroke to prevent this happening again and to manage risk factors. And we offer education and support for patients and their families.
The symptoms of a stroke usually develop quickly over minutes or hours and can be long lasting or temporary. These symptoms are an emergency. If they happen,
call 911 immediately.
Your symptoms may include:
Learn more about the
signs of a stroke.
Taking care of your physical health is the best way to prevent another stroke. There are many risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, irregular heartbeat, physical inactivity, smoking and obesity. If you have any of these conditions or more than one, you need to manage them. The Stroke clinic will help you identify your personal risk factors and provide appropriate management.
Learn more about our innovative approach to treating patients through our
TAMS Unit, located at Toronto Western Hospital.
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A stroke can be devastating. And it's all too common. It's estimated that each year, a Canadian suffers a stroke every 10 minutes. That's a time bomb for the heart and brain. But our Stroke Program is working on defusing this killer and finding better ways to prevent it.
We've already found the process for how brain cells die from a stroke – a special channel on the surface of brain cells is triggered to produce toxins, and when a person suffers the stroke, they destroy precious cell components. This is a key to understanding strokes better. Thanks to this breakthrough, drugs can be developed to prevent the damage.
But we have more going on than just research. Our Acute Stroke Program team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When a "Code Stroke" is called, the team can assess a patient to begin treatment in minutes.
If you have already experienced a stroke or are at a high risk of having one, it's important you get the right medical treatment and make necessary lifestyle changes. Our stroke prevention team is here to do just that. We're a group of doctors, nurses and dietitians who are dedicated to helping you stay healthy.
Medical Director of the UHN Stroke Program:
Dr. Leanne Casaubon
The Stroke Prevention Clinic is offering virtual educational opportunities for patients belonging to our clinic. Current educational sessions include 2-part Stroke Education Class and 4-part Nutrition Series. Please contact the clinic for more information or to sign up for a session.
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Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
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