Hundreds of stroke experts from Canada and around the world converged in Calgary, Canada in September for the Canadian Stroke Congress. Co-hosted by Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Stroke Consortium, the Congress gave a first-hand look at emerging research findings and the best-practices which have true potential to become tomorrow’s prevention and treatment strategies. This unique opportunity to meet and hear from an exceptional line-up of national and international leaders helps set the future directions for how we think about and treat stroke.
Highlights from this year include:
Stroke and pregnancy: The last thing you expect to happen when you’re pregnant is to have a stroke. A new Heart & Stroke study featured at the Congress revealed that stroke in women during pregnancy is three times higher than stroke in non-pregnant woman of the same age. The study’s team also released a medical consensus statement with management considerations for healthcare professionals in treating woman with stroke prior to, during, and right after pregnancy. Geneviève was six months pregnant when she had a stroke. Read her story HERE
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Personal reflections on Indigenous health in Canada: Former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and stroke survivor the Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair opened the Congress by sharing his personal experience with stroke and his personal thoughts on the need for health reconciliation.
Canada’s first stroke ambulance makes a stop at Stroke Congress! The first of its kind in the world to focus on rural stroke care, the University of Alberta Hospital’s stroke ambulance · is dispatched when a rural site contacts a stroke neurologist for a telestroke consult within 250 km of Edmonton. Staffed by a highly trained team including a paramedic, registered nurse, CT technician and stroke physician, this mobile stroke centre can be sent directly to a patient’s location, allowing for on-board brain scans, direct audio and video connections to the hospital’s stroke team, and the ability to administer clot-busting drugs.
Dr. Frank Silver
Key moments in advancing acute stroke care for all Canadians: The Hnatyshyn Lecture honours a top stroke researcher for significant contributions to stroke over their career. This year’s lecturer Dr. Frank Silver looked at milestones in stroke treatment over the last 30 years, with a special look at how telestroke increases access to stroke care for people outside of large urban areas ‒and at how we could reap incredible benefits by moving this model into other parts of stroke care and recovery.