LETTER: Learn the warning signs of strokes

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Since June is Stroke Month, it’s encouraging to see the overwhelming response to 49-year-old Stacey Yepes’ “stroke selfie” video that went viral last week.

This video provides a well-timed launch pad to reiterate how important it is for all of us to learn more about the signs of stroke and the need to get medical help immediately.

Yepes may have saved her own life by properly identifying her symptoms and documenting them to share with doctors. Though the Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends calling for emergency assistance at the first sign of a stroke, we are pleased to see that Yepes’ video is attracting national attention to the signs of stroke.

Since stroke attacks the brain, the effects can be devastating. Imagine not being able to do seemingly simple things like speaking, walking or eating on your own. Now imagine what life would be like if some of your most important memories were wiped clean.

I would like to encourage residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to learn more about the signs of stroke and the need to call 911 or their local emergency number when they see them.

With stroke, seconds count.

Signs include sudden weakness, trouble speaking, vision problems, severe headache or dizziness, even if temporary. Share the five warning signs of stroke with your family and friends. Would you be ready if someone had a stroke?

The foundation’s health promotion and advocacy programs across the country are saving lives every day. We continue to educate people in our province on the warning signs of stroke and what to do when they happen, how to reduce their risk, collaborate on programs to support those affected, and advocate for healthy public policy. Your ongoing support allows the Heart and Stroke Foundation to continue our proud tradition of funding the best researchers in leading institutions across Canada in the battle against this devastating disease.

For more stroke information, visit www.heartandstroke.ca.

Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen.

 

MaryAnn Butt,

CEO Heart and Stroke Foundation,

Newfoundland and Labrador

Organizations: Heart and Stroke Foundation

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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