What is stroke?

A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to any part of your brain, damaging brain cells. The effects of a stroke depend on the part of the brain that was damaged and the amount of damage done.


FAST signs of Stroke…what are the other signs?

The FAST signs are the most common signs of stroke and they are signs that are more likely to be caused by stroke than any other condition. There are some additional signs of stroke that are less common.


Experience stroke through the eyes of a patient

Would you know if you were having a stroke? Watch how a stroke unfolds through the eyes of someone who is experiencing one. Recognize the signs of stroke. Call 9-1-1 right away. It could save your life.

Stroke Signs FAQs


Are there other signs of stroke?


What can I expect at the hospital?


What is a mini-stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack)?


How do I know if I’m at risk?


Are women’s signs different than men’s?

Get a free copy of Your Stroke Journey book

This book provides critical recovery information to guide you after a stroke. If you did not receive yours in the hospital, download now, or contact us to send you a print copy (no charge).

How is stroke treated?

Your treatment will depend on the type of stroke you have, how serious it was, your age and general health, and how soon you arrive at the hospital.


Prevention is key

Prevention starts with knowing your risk. Nine in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for stroke or heart disease. Almost 80% of premature stroke and heart disease can be  prevented through healthy behaviors. That means that habits like eating healthy, being active and living smoke free, have a big impact on your health. Could you be at risk? Try our free risk assessment


Life after Stroke

Did you or someone you know recently suffer a stroke? Stroke is a major life event. It can affect different parts of your ability and your day to day life.  It affects each person differently.

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