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These web sites give you the latest evidence and tell you about research that is happening now.

Canadian Stroke Strategy

CSSCanadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care have been developed by stroke experts across the country. These recommendations focus on optimal treatment for stroke patients. This guide provides patients and their families with practical information drawn from the recommendations. Learn more about the Canadian Stroke Strategy at www.strokebestpractices.ca.

The Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care is a joint initiative of the Canadian Stroke Network and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Among new recommendations:

  • Blood pressure should be maintained at a level that is consistently lower than 140/90;
  • Because atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) increases stroke risk, patients with this condition should be closely monitored and the use of new drug therapies should be considered;
  • Patients who have a mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) should be referred immediately to a stroke specialist at a prevention clinic or to an emergency department due to increased risk of a major stroke;
  • There should be more widespread use of telestroke – long-distance video and data hookups – between stroke specialists and communities where on- site stroke care does not exist; and
  • Improved hospital discharge programs are needed, as well as better community services to enable people to return home sooner from hospital.


Canadian Stroke Network

Canadian Stroke Network is a collaborative project that aims to create valuable new knowledge in stroke, to ensure the best knowledge is applied and to build on Canadian capacity in stroke.  

The Canadian Stroke Network contains a lot of information for both stroke survivors and clinicians.  The amount of information can be overwhelming so here are some things to start out with:

  • StrokEngine tells you about specific stroke treatments and topics such as aerobic exercise, assistive devices, cognitive rehabilitation, depression, unilateral spatial neglect and much, much more. For each treatment listed you can read a quick or in depth review.  It also has family/patient information about the treatment.
  • Read the informative newsletters, especially Winter 2009 that has a guide for "Getting on With the Rest of Your Life After Stroke."
  • Check out Tools to see different tools that help with your daily activities, and to keep up to date with current stroke technologies.
  • Research tells you about current research in the areas of: preventing stroke, optimizing acute stroke care, minimizing stroke damage, post-stroke repair and recovery, and knowledge transfer.


EBRSR: Evidence-Based Review of Stroke Rehabilitation

The EBRSR website now has includes in-depth reviews of well over 2000 studies including 1,078 randomized controlled trials. Over the past year, case-based Educational Modules have been added, which continue to be revised and expanded on an ongoing basis. The website features:


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (USA) provides an informative A - Z disorder index. A description of the condition is given along with information on treatment and prognosis. Research is listed, and links to organizations and publications are provided.

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Brainstreams.ca is an online education and networking site for the Brain Injury Community in B.C. and beyond.

The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.