Southern Saskatchewan Stroke Prevention and Management Unit



Regina Health District


The Southern Saskatchewan Stroke Unit

Phone: (306) 766-3968
Fax: (306) 766-3959
e-mail: stroke@medi-fax.com

INDEX

Introduction
Attending Staff
Appointments
Outpatient Services
Carotid Endarterectomy
Stroke Prevention Tips


Introduction to the Southern Saskatchewan Stroke Prevention and Management Unit

The Southern Saskatchewan Stroke Prevention and Management Unit provides a multidisciplinary approach to patients with strokes and TIAs. Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, CVT Surgeons, Radiologists, and Nurses participate in the management of such patients. The unit is a provincial referral center for the evaluation and treatment of patients with strokes and TIAs in Southern Saskatchewan.

Radiologists provide prompt investigations including ultrasound, CT Scans, and angiography.
CVT Surgeons and Neurosurgeons ensure prompt surgical intervention such as carotid endarterectomy when necessary.
Neurologists are available for the pharmacological treatment of strokes and TIAs.
The Stroke Nurse offers patient education, including teaching lifestyle modification.


Attending Staff

  Neurology:
Felix Veloso, MD., FRCPC., Director
C.P.V. Nair, MD., FRCPC.
Barbara Hoppe, MD, PhD.
Logan Moodley, MD., FRCPC.

Radiology:
Ashok Verma, MD., FRCPC. Co-Director
Don Daviduk

CVT Surgery:
Ed Busse, MD., FRCSC.
John Burgess, MD., FRCSC.
Don McCarville, MD., FRCSC.

Medicine:
Roberta McKay, MD., FRCPC

Rehabilitation Medicine:
Milo Fink, MD., FRCPC.

Neurosurgery:
Chris Ekong, MB., FRCSC.
Krishna Kumar, MS., FRCSC.
Buwembo, J, MD.

Nursing:
Barb Seal, Nurse Coordinator, Stroke Prevention and Management Unit
Joy Jackson, RN., Stroke Management

Pharmacy:
Bill Semchuk, PhD

Cardiology:
A. Aboguddah, MD., FRCPC.

 

Appointments
The Southern Saskatchewan Stroke Management Unit is located on Unit 5A of the Regina General Hospital. Outpatient and office visits can be arranged by calling the Stroke Unit at (306) 766-3968, by fax (306) 766-3959 or by e-mail at bseal@reginahealth.sk.ca.

Outpatient Services
Stroke clinics are held weekly in Ambulatory Care at the Regina General Hospital. Clinic visits are by appointment only. The clinic is run by a neurologist and the stroke nurse coordinator. A neurosurgeon or a cardio-vascular surgeon is on call at all times for patients who might need surgery. Our locations are made fot urgent CT Scan of the head and carotid ultrasound that may be required by clinic patients on clinic days.

Carotid Endarterectomy
This procedure involves opening up a significantly narrowed artery and cleaning out plaques that build up within the vessel. We are currently performing this procedure on patients who have more than seventy percent narrowing of the carotid artery, and who have symptoms of stroke or stroke warning (TIAs) referable to that narrow artery. A study is also in progress to evaluate if surgery is beneficial to those people with only moderate narrowing of the symptomatic carotid artery.

Angiogram of Carotid artery.
Angiogram of Carotid artery.
Carotid angiogram of a 70 year old male who presented with episodes of TIAS affecting the right arm. He also had episodes of difficulty talking(dysphasia). This angiogram shows severe narrowing of the internal carotid artery. The symptoms resolved with carotid endarterectory.

Stroke Tips

  • Learn the signs
  • Numbness, weakness, or paralysis in face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding simple statements
  • Loss of balance or coordination when combined with another sign
Reduce your Risk
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Find out if you have heart disease-especially an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (AF)
  • Find out if you have carotid artery disease
  • Find out if you have diabetes
  • Don't smoke
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Limit your alcohol use
  • Control your weight
  • Follow your doctor's orders if you have already had signs of a previous stroke

Stroke is an emergency! If you experience any signs of a stroke, call 911 immediately.

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Last Updated: October 14, 1998
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