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Heart and Stroke

Updated on May 21, 2009

Heart Attack and Stroke

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada in conjunction with Becel presented their Love Your Heart Benefit Concert yesterdy, Thursday, April 23, 2009 from 7-9:30pm. The live show which was transmitted from Roy Thomas Hall, Toronto and simulcast to 109 different venues all over Canada. The evening event featured solo performances by Diana Krall, Chantal Kreviazuk and Deborah Cox. It was an evening designed to help inspire and motivate women across Canada to take steps to help fight heart disease and stroke.

The show not only featured amazing performances by Juno and Grammy award winning artists but it also featured women telling their stories about how heart disease has affected their lives. The event also provided important message on how to take care of our heart. De-stressing, exercising, diet and time sensitive medical interventions are but some of the ways women and men can take care of their heart.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Heart Truth website has defined heart disease as a number of conditions affecting the structure and function of the heart. One of the most commom conditions is the Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). This occurs when blood vessels in your heart become blocked or narrowed, preventing oxygen-rich blood from reaching your heart. A common symptom is chest pain – called angina – or a heart attack.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada defines a stroke as damage to an area of the brain that occurs when blood vessels rupture or when blood supply is reduced or cut off. The effects of a stroke depend on what part of the brain was injured, and how badly it was injured. A stroke can reduce your mobility, sight, memory, speech, reasoning, reading and writing abilities.

The Foundation also states that in a small number of cases, stroke-like damage to the brain can occur when the heart stops (cardiac arrest). The longer the brain goes without the oxygen and nutrients supplied by the blood flow, the greater the risk of permanent brain damage.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation identied the five warning signs of a heart attack as:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain in the arm, neck, jaw, or back
  • Nausea, indigestion or vomiting
  • Sweating and/or cool, clammy skin
  • Difficulty breathing

The Foundation also identify that a sudden discomfort or pain in these areas that does NOT go away with rest can indicate a heart attack. It may feel like burning, squeezing, heaviness, tightness or pressure. The Foundation said that although symptoms are generally the same for men and women, women can sometimes experience symptoms that are less definite, such as chest discomfort rather than pain.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation said that for women, chest pain may not be the first sign of heart trouble. Women have reported experiencing unusual tiredness, trouble sleeping, problems breathing, indigestion, and anxiety up to a month or so before the heart attack.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has identified the five warning signs of a stroke as:


  • Weakness or numbness
  • Trouble speaking
  • Vision problems
  • Severe headache
  • Dizziness

The Foundation advises to call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms.

For more details, visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada at

Take care of your heart, its the only one you've got.


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