One of a Kind

Strokes can happen anytime, anywhere. Canada's first Stroke Ambulance has expanded our capacity to save the lives of stroke patients. Your support is critical in keeping the University of Alberta Hospital the go-to centre for stroke care in northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories, eastern British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

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When a stroke happens, the clock starts.

If it’s an ischemic stroke, where a blood clot is preventing blood from getting to the brain, two million brain cells die every minute.

Without treatment, the results of an ischemic stroke can range from temporary impairment to permanent paralysis, speech and cognitive disabilities, and even death.

Taking all of this into account, it’s hard to imagine that a single innovative idea that is dramatically reducing the impact of stroke in northern Alberta could possibly exist – but it does.

The Stroke Ambulance has achieved 80% rate of good outcomes vs. 52% with usual care. Your support is needed to keep the Stroke Ambulance on the road.

Dr. Tom Jeerakathil, Stroke Neurologist

The rapid delivery of patients, from other centres, to the University of Alberta Hospital can make the difference between death or disability and functional independence for select patients.

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To the Rescue

About 6,500 Albertans have a stroke every year, or roughly 18 every day. Lukas Jardine, 28, of Sherwood Park was one of them. His wife Celine was making breakfast when he stumbled into the kitchen.

 

The left side of his face had already begun to sag. His eye was drooping.

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