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Healthy Notes

Let’s Stay Healthy Canada.

Learn how to prevent a Stroke before it happens.


Every 9 minutes a Canadian suffers a Stroke A Stroke is a medical emergency and with it, every minute counts.

The brain contains over 100 billion brain cells. After a stroke, approximately 1.9 million brain cells die every minute which is about 0.2% of your total brain cells. This means that every 5 minutes you lose about 1% of your brain functions and the more brain cells die, the more of the person you lose. A stroke can take away the use of your hands, your ability to work, your vision and even your memories.

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a full 66% of people who have a stroke don’t make it to the hospital in time to receive time-sensitive treatments. The result: death or disability, but you can help improve that statistic.

The best way to save yourself or someone you know from the effects of a Stroke is to know the signs. Knowing the signs and acting quickly could mean the difference between life and death, or between a full recovery and lasting disability. The quicker you act, the more of the person you save.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation offers a Stroke Emergency Checklist to help you know the sign and know how to act FAST when someone is having a Stroke.

Now all you need to remember is FAST.

The website also contains helpful information on how to manage your blood pressure, as well as heart healthy recipes and a multitude of other tools to keep you and the people around you healthy and less sustainable to having a Stroke.

To learn more about how you can prevent Strokes and how to be more proactive in times of a medical emergency, please visit their website.

With the help of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, let’s work together for a healthier Canada.