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Stroke Care Program

A stroke is a medical emergency caused by a loss of blood to the brain from a blocked artery or ruptured blood vessel. Brain cells in the affected area die because they are not getting enough oxygen. The faster someone gets treatment, the better the chance of saving brain cells, and decreasing the risk of permanent damage. 

If you think you (or someone with you) is having a stroke, call 9-1-1.

Know the warning signs of stroke:
Get medical attention FAST to improve your survival and recovery.


What services are provided by the PEI Organized Stroke Care Program?
The PEI Organized Stroke Care Program provides information, education and support in the following areas:

Stroke Prevention
  • High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for a stroke. Early detection and treatment are important. Other risk factors include:  high blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, poor eating habits, and physical inactivity. The Passport to Health [PDF | 1.24 MB] has tips and tools to manage these risk factors. Contact your local health centre for information on services that can help you to best manage your health.

  • You are at a greater risk for a new stroke if you have already had:
    • a transient ischemic attack (TIA) (same symptoms of a full stroke but may only last a few minutes or hours);
    • a stroke, or
    • other vascular event, such as a heart attack.

  • There is a Stroke Prevention Clinic located at the Prince County Hospital (PCH). It is an outpatient clinic for people who have had a recent stroke or TIA, as well as people who have been identified as being at high risk to have a Stroke/TIA. Please note:  it is an outpatient clinic and does not replace an Emergency Department.

Emergency Care
  • A stroke is a medical emergency. Calling 9-1-1 immediately could save your life, or the life of a loved one. 

  • Island EMS will take you to either PCH or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). Each of these hospitals has a CT scanner which is needed to determine the best treatment for you.

In-patient Care
  • The majority of stroke patients will spend time on the Provincial Acute Stroke Unit, located at the QEH. A specialized team of health professionals will help you recover and prevent/reduce complications. The stroke team will also help you plan the next steps in your recovery.

  • Your physician may refer you to the Provincial Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, where a stroke care team will focus on further helping you regain as much function and independence as possible. For more information, view the Provincial Ambulatory Stroke Rehabilitation Services brochure [PDF | 606 KB].

  • Once you are discharged from the hospital (depending on your needs) your follow-up treatment plan may involve:
    • one or more outpatient visits to the Provincial Ambulatory Stroke Rehabilitation Clinic at the QEH; and/or
    • more frequent visits to the District Ambulatory Stroke Rehabilitation Team at either the QEH or PCH.

Where can I get current information about stroke?

Where can I get more information about the PEI Organized Stroke Care Program?
The PEI Integrated Stroke Strategy – Changing Systems: Improving Lives [PDF | 7.23 MC] provides additional information and outlines the recommendations that the Organized Stroke Care Program is based on.

Who can I contact about PEI Organized Stroke Care?
Provincial Stroke Coordinator
Four Neighbourhoods Health Centre
152 St. Peters Road
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-6527

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