Stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells begin to die. If the blood supply is not restored, the affected part of the brain dies, causing disability or death. 

Acting quickly can improve your chances of survival and recovery. If you experience any signs of stroke, call 9-1-1.  Do not drive to the hospital.  An ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care.

Stroke Facts

  • 62,000 strokes occur in Canada each year- that is one stroke every nine minutes.
  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Canada and the leading cause of hospitalization.
  • Stroke can happen at any age with stroke among people under 65 years increasing
  • 9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke and 4 in 10 Canadians have 3 or more.
  • Almost 80% of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented through healthy behaviours. That means that habits like healthy eating, being active and living smoke free have a big impact on your health.

Learn the Signs of Stroke


Stroke is a medical emergency. If you or some you are with experience the signs and symptoms of stroke, call 9-1-1. Do not drive to the hospital. An ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care.

Prevention starts with YOU and knowing your risk factors. 

To learn more:

Heart & Stroke - What is stroke?

Heart & Stroke - Risk and prevention

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