Tip of the Week – Stroke

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June is stroke awareness month. Did you know that there are 3 different types of strokes?

  • Ischemic Stroke: Plaque build-up on artery walls can cause a blockage or a clot. This can lead to an ischemic stroke.
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke: High blood pressure can cause artery walls to weaken and burst. The interruption in blood flow causes brain damage.
  • Transient Ischemic Attack: This type of stroke is caused by a small clot temporarily causing a blockage. It is also known as a “mini-stroke”.

Pharmacy Technicians can play a role in stroke prevention by ensuring that patients know how to measure their blood pressure properly. High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation are all conditions that can increase a patients risk for stroke. Pharmacy technicians should ensure that their patients are taking their medications regularly.  Your patients may need you to suggest compliance packaging to help prevent missed doses. See our previous Tip of the Week Helping Your Patients with Medication Compliance. Smoking can also lead to stroke. See our previous Tip of the Week on Smoking Cessation.

For more information visit www.heartandstroke.ca.

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