February 13, 2017
Stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells begin to die. In the case of stroke, time is essential when it comes to receiving medical treatment and can directly impact outcome.
With February being National Heart Health Month, it is a great time to refresh your ability to quickly recognize the signs of stroke. To spot the signs of stroke, simply think and act FAST!
Face – is it drooping?
Arms – can you raise both?
Speech – is it slurred or jumbled?
Time – to call 911 right away
For more information about the signs of stroke, you can watch a quick video that has been shared by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network.
Heart disease and stroke continue to be Canada’s leading cause of death. Heart health is an important factor in reducing your risk. It is widely cited that nearly 8 in 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke are preventable through healthy lifestyle. For anyone considering making lifestyle changes to improve heart health, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada offers a number of practical tips and resources – http://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-healthy.