Every year, 40,000 to 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke. Many of them come out of stroke with both psychological and physical consequences. It is also the third leading cause of death in Canada.
Stroke is a medical emergency. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1.9 million brain cells die every minute after a stroke. So every minute or even second of delay can greatly affect a patient's prognosis. Unfortunately, 66% of people do not arrive in time to receive appropriate treatment, not understanding the severity and urgency of the situation when the first signs and symptoms appear. As a result, they are often unable to fully recover their initial brain capacity. We had the opportunity to face this reality during our first hospital internships. In our opinion, what is most deplorable in this situation is the fact that several treatments are now available to stop the progression of the stroke and save the parts of the brain that are not yet dead, if the patient presents at the onset of the first signs and symptoms.