Stroke Update 2012
Stroke Prevention and Management in Primary Care: a free forum at the 2012 Accelerating Primary Care Conference
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta
Stroke Update 2012 was a free forum for primary care clinicians, held in conjunction with the annual Accelerating Primary Care conference in Banff, Alberta, November 18, 2012. The forum brought together 5 physician leaders to review the current “state of the art” in the rapidly advancing field of stroke prevention and care, with an emphasis on the role of primary care.
The forum was organized by the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Cardiovascular Health & Stroke Strategic Clinical Network (SCN), and the Institute of Health Economics. The forum was sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada), which has also sponsored the innovative Integration of Care in Atrial Fibrillation (“I See AF”) project since inception, with additional support from Bayer Inc.
Dr. Andrew Demchuk, Stroke Neurologist and Director, Calgary Stroke ProgramStroke update: Highlights from the Canadian Stroke Congress
In this intensive 30-minute presentation, Dr. Demchuk highlights key points in current stroke science for primary care clinicians. He focuses on secondary prevention and treatment, including recent advances in the science around Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) and minor strokes, and progression from minor events to major ones.
Dr. Rick Ward, Family Physician, Calgary Foothills PCN, andA primary care team approach to preventing stroke: "Integrating Care for Atrial Fibrillation"
Dr. Russell Quinn, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Foothills Medical Centre
In this co-presentation, Dr. Ward (far right) and Dr. Quinn (right) describe a paradigm shift for management of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) – and for primary care physicians working in multidisciplinary teams (MDTs).
Dr. Naeem Dean, Stroke Physician/Internist, University of Alberta HospitalCutting through the noise: Current best practices for stroke prevention in primary care
In this presentation, Dr. Dean surveys stroke prevention strategies, from primary and population-based measures to integrated stroke prevention clinics. He emphasizes the heavy overlap among vascular diseases that are usually diagnosed and treated separately: cerebrovascular disease, cardiovascular disease, and peripheral vascular disease. Most importantly, they share common risk factors, so patients need management to reduce their overall risk of vascular disease.
Dr. Blair O'Neill, Senior Medical Director, Alberta Health Services Cardiovascular Health & Stroke Strategic Clinical Network; Immediate Past President, Canadian Cardiovascular SocietyCV Health & Stroke Strategic Clinical Network: Provincial priorities
Dr. O’Neill reviewed the evidence around heart and stroke care and prevention in Alberta, and outlined the structure and an ambitious agenda for the Cardiovascular Health & Stroke SCN.