University of Calgary

Minor stroke

August 20, 2007


Minor stroke, major impact

The after-effects of a medically-termed ‘minor stroke’ often result in hidden disabilities that significantly impair a stroke patient’s full recovery, a research study at the University of Calgary demonstrates.

Teri Green, a PhD student in the Faculty of Nursing and a post-doctoral fellow in the Calgary Stroke Program, followed a group of patients who had suffered minor strokes and their wives for the first three months after discharge. She interviewed 48 couples at the time of discharge and contacted each couple monthly for three months. Green found that nearly half of the patients and spouses had difficulties in recuperation and family function, with problems surfacing in their employment, social and recreational activities and family interactions.

Green suggests increased awareness and access to education programs targeting prevention and lifestyle modification strategies are essential for patients to better comprehend the obstacles of recovering from a minor stroke, including fatigue, loss of concentration and memory recall, which will challenge that recovery process.

Numbers from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada indicate that 40,000 to 50,000 Canadians per year have a stroke: about 60 percent of those have what is considered a mild stroke with no or minimal residual physical deficits. Less than one-half of these patients return to their previous employment.

Media availability and photo opportunities:

Faculty of Nursing PhD candidate Teri Green, doctoral supervisor Dr. Kathryn King and a Calgary man who has suffered two minor strokes and is recovering with the help of his wife will be available for media interviews on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007 to 10 to 11 am at the University of Calgary.

WHO: PhD Candidate Teri Green, Faculty of Nursing professor Dr. Kathryn King and a Calgary couple dealing with the aftermath of a minor stroke will be available for interviews.

WHERE: Room 1225, Nursing Skills Centre (1st floor), Faculty of Nursing, Professional Faculties Building, U of C campus.

Media are welcome to park in Lot 1, off University Drive and 24th Avenue NW. If your vehicle is not marked, please leave a media business card in your window. Please do not park in 24-hour reserved spots, loading zones or handicapped stalls.

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WHEN: 10am to 11am, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007.

Media contacts:

Karen Cook, Communication Manager                                
Faculty of Nursing                                                                  
Phone: (403) 220-4361                                                                         

Grady Semmens           
Media Relations Advisor - Research
Office: (403) 220-7722
Cell: (403) 651-2515