Taking the lives of more than 14,000 Canadians each year, stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death. With June being Stroke Awareness Month in Canada, we wanted to help you recognize the signs of stroke and share with you the necessary precautions you can take to reduce your risk.
A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function, caused by the interruption of blood flow to the brain (ischemic stroke) or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke) that causes brain cells in the affected area to die.
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 right away. Getting immediate medical attention can significantly improve your rate of survival and recovery.
While there are many risk factors that you can’t control like family history, age, gender and ethnicity – living a healthy lifestyle, eating nutritious food and exercising regularly can all help you to reduce your risk of stroke.
Your Employee and Family Assistance Program can help you get you on the right track to healthy living. Our Health Coaches can work with you to create a risk reduction action plan targeting:
To connect to one of our Health Coaches, call 1 866 833-7690. You may also want to learn more about our new service, Fitness Coach Connects. You get three free sessions with a professional Fitness Coach, Fitbit™ wireless activity tracker and an online program to get you on the path to improved health and well-being.