Since the Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic (SSPC) opening at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) in April 2018, 3,000 visits have been made. The purpose of the clinic is to offer services in prevention and education to reduce the risk of recurrence in patients who have recently had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).
”The patients that we see in this clinic have a high risk of suffering a stroke or TIA, often for the second or even third time,” stated Dr. Naveed Akhtar, Head of Stroke Services at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
The clinic offers a wide range of services, such education, prevention, and monitoring. Preventives services can include diagnostic results, education of healthy lifestyle habits and explanation of main risk factors for stroke. These services are delivered by specially-trained stroke consultants, clinical nurse specialists, educators, and pharmacists. Moreover, the SSPC focuses on health promotion and education in order to keep the Qatari population as healthy as possible.
“Studies show that the risk of recurrent stroke is between 5-10% within the first 30 days and rises to up to 40% within five years of the initial stroke. For this reason, it is essential that we provide suitable education and support for stroke patients to try to prevent any further incidents,” says Dr. Akhtar
With the opening of the SSPC, more than 3,000 patients are benefiting of the stroke team’s expertise, and more will be taken in in the near future.
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