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Date:10/2/2011

he wheel."

People with mild stroke also faced the fear and increased risk of another stroke and uncertainty about the future. "This study dispels the myth that mild strokes lead to few or no consequences," Dr. Rochette says.

Study authors say new treatment guidelines, including greater access to rehabilitation services, will ensure more people get the care they require and return to their usual activities. Each year, about 15,000 people in Canada experience a mild stroke. Many more go unreported.

"Stroke patients who have had a mild stroke face many challenges getting back to their daily lives," says Dr. Antoine Hakim, CEO and Scientific Director of the CSN. "Proper evaluation to avoid a recurrence and rehabilitation after leaving hospital is essential to ease this transition and to provide people with the tools to live a healthy life."

Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson Dr. Michael Hill warns that mild strokes can be a warning of a future stroke. "People who have had a mild stroke are five times more likely to have a stroke over the next two years than the general population," says Dr. Hill. "Proper treatment and management of risk factors can help prevent another stroke."

In addition to managing risk factors, he notes that treatment of depression symptoms should be high on the agenda. "For the depressed patient recovering from stroke, medication and counselling can be an important aspect of patient care."

A list of common symptoms of depression include persistent:

  • Sad feelings
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Change in activity (restless, moving slower)
  • Change of appetite, sudden increase or decrease
  • Disturbed sleeping habits
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • Feelings of guilt, helplessness or worthlessness
  • Thoughts about death or suicide

If you or a member of your family has survived a stroke and is havi
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Contact: Cathy Campbell
cathy@canadianstrokenetwork.ca
613-852-2303
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
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