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Alberta Provincial Stroke Strategy
Stroke is a brain attack! Stroke happens when blood flow to a part of the brain is cut off and brain cells die or become damaged. The effects of stroke place a heavy burden on the survivor and their families. Strokes can cause significant disability with 75% of survivors living with some kind of physical, emotional, and behavioural problems that limits their ability to live independently and return to activities that they once enjoyed.
The good news is something can be done about stroke as it is one of the most preventable and treatable of all life threatening health problems. Major advances have occurred in stroke care over the past decade and we now have a number of highly effective treatments for stroke and programs to prevent stroke.
Stroke care in Alberta is already impressive but more needs to be done. We need to continue to work together to ensure that all Albertans have access to appropriate services and that the services we have are based on the most up to date knowledge.
The Alberta Provincial Stroke Strategy (APSS) is funded by the Alberta Provincial Government to improve stroke prevention and care in the province. It is a collaborative partnership between Alberta Health and Wellness, provincial health zones and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT and Nunavut.
The long-term goals of improving stroke care across the province are to:
Reduce the rate at which individuals have stroke in Alberta;
Improve stroke care by adopting national standards
Optimize recovery and quality of life for stroke survivors and their caregivers
Reduce the financial impact of stroke in Alberta for both the individual and the health system.