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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June is Stroke Month – learn the signs and what to do


The public can learn more about stroke signs and treatment at a free, drop-in event Thursday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Chinook Regional Hospital atrium (Lethbridge).

Health care providers from the Alberta Health Services (AHS) facility will be available to answer questions, provide information about stroke, and discuss local stroke-related programs and services, including the Heart Function Clinic, the Early Supported Discharge program, the Alberta Healthy Living Program, the Stroke Recovery Association and the Heart and Stroke Association.


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). The interruption of blood flow or the rupture of blood vessels causes brain cells (neurons) in the affected area to die.

The effects of a stroke depend on where the brain was injured, as well as how much damage occurred. A stroke can impact mobility, sight, memory, speech, reason, and the ability to read and write.

Stroke is a medical emergency. It’s crucial to call 911 or get to an emergency department immediately if experiencing signs of a stroke, even if the symptoms pass.

AHS stroke experts say think F-A-S-T to spot the signs of stroke:

F = Face. Is it drooping?
A = Arms. Can you raise both?
S = Speech. Is it slurred or jumbled?
T= Time. Don’t waste it. Call 911 right away.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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