Be “Stroke-Wise!”

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Health Emergencies, Health Signals |

Every 10 minutes, a Canadian will suffer a stroke, meaning strokes affect more than 50,000 Canadians every year. The good news is that recognizing early warning signs and getting prompt treatment has improved the chance of surviving a stroke.

A stroke is a medical emergency caused by decreased blood flow to the brain. Blood flow is interrupted by a blood clot (blockage) or rupture of a blood vessel.  Without oxygen, brain cells die. Depending on the size and location of the stroke, the individual loses some function.

You can reduce your risk for stroke by making these choices in your daily life

  • Treat high blood pressure
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce salt and sodium in your diet
  • Have an active lifestyle

To find out your unique risks, take the assessment offered by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Those who survive a stroke may experience a range of physical and emotional problems. These include:

  • Physical impairments
  • Personality and behaviour changes
  • Communication problems
  • Cognitive changes 

Knowing the risks, making wise lifestyle choices, and recognizing the early signs can dramatically reduce your chances of being a victim of stroke.

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