Reducing the impact of strokes from start to rehab

Not long ago, stroke victims were sent to one of two homes – nursing or funeral. Today, most return to their own homes. Their own lives. But they are not quite good as new. For many stroke victims, the impact of their stroke is life-changing. And permanent.

Stroke care at the The Brain Centre at the University of Alberta Hospital will focus on diagnosis, treatment, research and prevention. For out-of-towners, we have Telestroke, the next best thing to being here.

Stroke Treatment Unit and TIA "Warning Stroke" observation rooms

Our eight-bed stroke unit will allow specially trained staff to carefully observe stroke patients and provide timely, advanced treatment. Immediate access to inpatient rehabilitation, critical in the recovery of all stroke patients, will begin in the adjacent In-patient Rehabilitation Centre as soon as the patient is able to participate. Our new 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines for clinical diagnosis and research will vastly improve our ability to detect stroke activity, determine the most appropriate treatment care and help develop criteria for acute stroke treatment.

Correct diagnosis begins with crystal clear imaging

With our new research-based, 3Tesla MRI scanner, researchers will be able to obtain direct measurements. Brain research is about understanding what’s happening in the brain and the diseases that afflict it. It’s comparing healthy and unhealthy brains. Taking measurements. Looking for clues that reveal how problems developed. And how to solve them. The superior image clarity revealed by a 3T MRI is particularly beneficial for conditions that involve the brain.

Stroke Ambulance

Its purpose is simple: rather than wait for the patient to go to the stroke centre, the University of Alberta Hospital will send the stroke ambulance out to the patient - to scan their brain and, if required, start clot-busting drugs right there in the ambulance.

This will be the first Stroke Ambulance in the world to provide stroke patient care beyond the limits of a major urban centre. That’s significant, because nearly 25% of the more than 1300 stroke patients who received acute stroke care at the University of Alberta Hospital in 2014 came from beyond the Edmonton zone. Learn More about the Stroke Ambulance...

Just in Time

Every year 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke. For those living in remote areas or near smaller hospitals, having to travel to a larger centre - at a time when every minute matters - can be devastating.

That’s how it used to be. Not anymore.

Access to the Best When You Need it Most:
Rural Stroke Care at the University of Alberta Hospital 

The University of Alberta Hospital is the top Academic Medical Centre in Western Canada. And the stroke centre for all of central and Northern Alberta, as well as parts of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Northern Territories.

Responding to the challenges of the geographic reach of the University of Alberta Hospital led to the formation of an innovative approach to stroke care – now regarded as one of the best in the world - Telestroke.

Telestroke reduces the devastating impact of stroke

The state-of-the-art Telestroke Program gives stroke patients living in remote areas 24-7 access to the team of world-leading stroke neurologists at the University of Alberta Hospital.

Telestroke connects patients with neurologists via videoconferencing, enabling face-to-face interaction that is so crystal clear doctors can make life-saving diagnoses and decisions on the spot.

The Next Best Thing to Being Here
“Telestroke is truly is the next best thing to actually being here,” says Dr. Thomas Jeerakathil, stroke neurologist at the University of Alberta Hospital, and a provincial lead in stroke care.
“We can instruct doctors in smaller centres to administer clot-busting drugs that will literally save the life of the stroke patient. And if further intervention is required, patients can be transported to Edmonton after they’re stabilized. Without Telestroke, there is no way we could do that.”
Dr. Thomas Jeerakathil