Diseases and Conditions : Stroke

Healthy living is the best kind of health care. Helping Ontarians stay healthy and active is one of the key goals of the Ontario Government. That is why we are working in partnership with organizations such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation in developing programs, like the Stroke Strategy, that meet the health needs of the people of Ontario.

The Stroke Strategy is a core component of the Ontario Government's continued commitment to build a health system that works for all Ontarians.

The Stroke Strategy aims to strengthen the integration of stroke initiatives into related healthcare programs. Apart from the untold human benefits - the lives saved, the suffering diminished, the physical functioning reclaimed - the Strategy will also mean avoidance of many of the costs associated with stroke treatment.

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the principal cause of disability in Canada. It's also one of the leading causes of transfer of elderly patients to long-term care. In this province, as many as 16,000 Ontarians suffer a stroke every year and some 90,000 are currently living with the effects of stroke.

Prevention programs such as the management of high blood pressure and cholesterol can significantly reduce the rate of strokes. Improving the stroke-care system has proven to dramatically reduce stroke morbidity and mortality.

The real benefits of programs such as the Stroke Strategy rest not merely in reducing healthcare costs, bur rather in improving the quality of life for all Ontarians.

See also :

  • - information on healthy living on Ontario's consumer health information portal

March 2003

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