Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada after heart disease and cancer. Each year, approximately 16,000 Canadians die from stroke. There are between 40,000 and 50,000 strokes in Canada each year. Although more common among seniors, strokes occur in victims are under age 65, and even in children.
Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in Canada and is estimated to cost the Canadian economy more than $2.7 billion per year. These costs include direct costs for all medical and home health services and indirect cost1s for lost productivity.
These statistics are alarming. Fortunately, the stroke death rate is continuing to decline. Unfortunately, the actual number of people who suffer strokes is likely to increase substantially in the future because more people are living longer.
Much is known about the causes and warning symptoms of strokes. In this kit you will:
Step 1. Know how a stroke occurs
Step 2. Recognize warning symptoms of a stroke
When you have completed this kit, speak to your Heart Institute Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre (HIPRC) mentor about proceeding to the kit on “Understanding Risk Factors for Stroke.”