Prevention & Vascular Health


Stroke Prevention for Primary Care Providers

A Stroke Prevention Infographic for primary care providers has been created to provide general information about the role of the Stroke Prevention Clinic, how to refer to the Clinic, and what treatment providers could initiate after imaging has been completed and reviewed. Click here to view and/or print the Infographic.  

Heart and Stroke Foundation Prof Ed Stroke Prevention Resources

Ontario Stroke Prevention Clinic Resources

The goal of outpatient management of TIA and non-disabling stroke is rapid assessment and management to reduce the risk of recurrent event or stroke. In Ontario, this is facilitated by Stroke Prevention Clinics or the equivalent. A provincial working group was tasked with updating the provincial Stroke Prevention Clinic model of care. 
The workgroup identified resources including strategies to operationalize best practice core elements in Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinics. The resources include:

  • Stroke Prevention Clinic Core Elements and Self-Assessment Tool. The core elements reflect provincial standards of care originally put forth in 2001 and are based on the updated Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations
  • Implementation Toolkit of practical resources and strategies. The toolkit was informed by self-assessment results from Stroke Prevention Clinics across Ontario
  • Quality Indicators providing a common reference guide for evaluation and measurement of secondary stroke prevention care.

The secondary stroke prevention resources can be accessed here.

Blood Pressure

Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP Recommendations)

The Heart and Stroke Hypertension Management Program (HMP)

The Heart and Stroke Hypertension Management Program (HMP) is an evidence-based program designed to be integrated into primary health care. The HMP assists health care proviers and patients in improving diagnosis, management and control of high blood pressure. The evidence-based program is led by the Ontario Stroke Network and is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Sodium Resources:

Reducing the amount of sodium taken each day lowers your blood pressure.

Vascular Health Resources

The South East LHIN Home and Community Care, the and the Southeastern Ontario Health Collaborative are pleased to announce an on-line resource to help navigate vascular health services for health care professionals working in primary care that brings together vascular health related services or programs into one accessible area.

The site has a home page and a page for each of these three topics:

  1. Vascular Health Promotion-Reducing risk
  2. Managing Vascular Disease-Assessment, treatment and secondary prevention
  3. Living with Vascular Disease-Support services

Health Nexus

An organization that supports health care providers capacity to promote health.

Connecting the Dots: A Handbook for Chronic Disease Prevention Through Community Engagement (Health Nexus, 2011)

This handbook is for health professionals, health promoters/ educators, and community groups/organizations who want to work across sectors and with multiple levels to leverage their joint potential to prevent chronic disease in their communities.

Prevention in Hand

This website and mobile application is a resource about chronic disease prevention for health care professionals and the public. The resource was developed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada with the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

Indigenous Health

A Stroke Resource for Health Service Providers: A Guide for Working with Indigenous Peoples of Ontario

This is a helpful resource toolkit for healthcare providers developed by the South East Toronto Stroke Network, Central East Stroke Network, Northwestern Ontario Regional Stroke Network, the Ontario Stroke Network and partners. It has information pertaining to Indigenous people's history, their views on health, stroke best practices and other information to help providers caring for Indigenous individuals and their families.

Indigenous healh Videos: "As the Rivers Flow: Brain Attack" and "Heartbeat of the Anishnawbe Nation"

These videos utilize Indigenous culture and tradition to describes the pathophysiology and the signs and symptoms of stroke.

Cancer Care Ontario-Aboriginal Relationship and Cultural Competency Courses

Cancer Care Ontario is offering 9 free on-line learning courses to enhance cultural sensitivity for indigenous health. 

Indigenous Resource Guide 

See attached Resource Guide for Indigenous Families that includes Indigenous services and information about community groups and events for Tyendinaga, Deseronto, Napanee, Kingston, Sharbot Lake, and Bancroft areas. 

Healthy Living

Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation

 Smoking Cessation Maps

Navigation maps for smoking cessation resources have been created by the Tobacco Control Area Network of the three Public Heath Units. All three smoking cessation maps can be found in the Vascular Health Resources directory under the Vascular Health Promotion Smoking Cessation section. View maps under "downloads" via links below: 

 Physical Activity Maps

Navigation maps of physical activity programs and common resources have been created by the Southeastern Ontario Health Collaborative for each of the three public health geographic areas in our region. The intent of the maps is to support primary and community care providers in more easily determining which types of physical activity services to recommend with their patients for primary and secondary prevention. The maps include programs which are low cost or no cost and offer physical activity on site. For specific information about the programs included on the maps, please contact the associated service provider. Feedback on these maps is welcomed via View maps via links below: 

Obesity and the Healthcare Provider Resource Catalogue, updated October 2009

Guidelines for Healthy Food Selection at Meetings & Events