Stroke supports available for Islanders through virtual healthcare

June is Stroke Awareness Month and a good time for Islanders to discuss signs of stroke, risk factors and prevention and support programs available in-person and virtually. 

In PEI, stroke patients can communicate with their healthcare professionals securely using phone, video, text and email. 

“Virtual healthcare appointments are useful for a range of consultations and therapies to support those needing care after a stroke. It’s also a benefit for people to have access to other support and awareness programs both in-person and virtually to significantly improve our ability to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the risks of stroke.”

- Health and Wellness Minister Ernie Hudson

More than eight in 10 people living with a heart condition, stroke or vascular cognitive impairment report having had a virtual healthcare appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There will be situations where an in-person visit is required to provide the best care for patients that are experiencing new or worsening stroke symptoms,” said provincial stroke coordinator, Trish Helm-Neima. “If you have new or worsening symptoms of stroke, call 911 right way to get you to the nearest stroke treatment hospital quickly.”
The FAST campaign, a partnership with Health PEI, Island EMS, and Heart and Stroke reminds Islanders of signs and symptoms of a stroke so they can recognize a stroke early and act quickly. 

FAST stands for: 

  • Face: is it drooping?
  • Arms: can you raise both? 
  • Speech: is it slurred or jumbled? 
  • Time: to call 9-1-1 right away. 
For more information about PEI’s Stroke Care Program or support services call the Provincial Stroke Navigator at 1-844-871-0634, or visit Stroke Care Program.

The stroke navigator helps connect stroke survivors and care givers to various services such as disease management, rehabilitation, and community supports to help with the transition back into community living. 

Media Contact:
Everton McLean
Senior Communications Officer, Health PEI
902 368 6135


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