June is Stroke Awareness and Prevention Month

act FAST to stop a stroke

With summer just around the corner, June is the perfect time to get outdoors, get active and develop healthy habits. June is also an important awareness month, June is Stroke Month.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in Ontario. And unless stroke has impacted your life, personally or through a friend or family member, you may not be aware of what a stroke is, or the warning signs of stroke.

Stroke is a syndrome caused by a disruption of blood flow to the brain, damaging brain cells. The effects of stroke depend on the part of the brain that was damaged and the amount of damage done.

Warning signs:

  • Face or facial expressions begin to droop
  • Unable to raise both arms
  • Speech is slurred or jumbled

If you suspect someone of having a stroke, it is crucial that you contact emergency services (call 9-1-1) as soon as possible. The sooner a person experiencing a stroke receives treatment, the better rate of survival and recovery.

This June we are helping to raise awareness to help educate our community about what stroke is, what to do when you see signs of stroke and how to prevent stroke from occurring. There is much we can do to prevent this syndrome, let’s address stroke together!

Additional resources:

This June, we’re launching general awareness campaigns on social media to connect residents with the self-care and caregiver information and health care resources they need to support overall well-being and a healthy lifestyle. 

To learn more, please follow us on Twitter @WW_LHIN.

*Information adapted from the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Ontario Stroke Network webpages.