62,000 people in Canada have a stroke each year — that's one every ten minutes
A stroke is considered a medical emergency. It occurs when blood flow is reduced or interrupted to a part of your brain, depriving it of nutrients and oxygen. Brain cells rapidly begin to die. This can result in side effects such as paralysis on one side of the body or the inability to speak.
If you suspect someone is having a stroke, speed is key to effective treatment. Remember FAST.
– Dr Philip Teal, Director of Department of Neurology at Vancouver Acute
If you have a stroke in British Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is the best possible place to be. But what happens if you can’t get to Vancouver?
This is were the Vancouver Stroke Program at VGH comes in. It is designed to provide real-time care for the entire province. This means: