Stroke is a medical emergency. Recognizing and responding immediately to the stroke signs by calling 9-1-1 or your local emergency number can significantly improve survival and recovery.

What does a stroke look like?

Warning Signs of a Stroke arrowWatch the Video Learn more about warning signs

A TIA needs to be treated as a medical emergency

A TIA needs to be treated as a medical emergency

A TIA or ‘mini stroke’ is caused by a clot; the only difference between a stroke and TIA is that with TIA the blockage is transient (temporary). TIA symptoms occur rapidly and last a relatively short time.

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The best way to prevent a stroke is by learning more about the risk factors you can do something about, those you can’t control, and setting an action plan.

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Risk issues you can do something about ...

  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Weight
  • Nutrition
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Medication Adherence
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Sleep Apnea

Risk factors you can't control

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family History
  • Ethnicity
  • History of Stroke or TIA
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The Stroke Event

There are three main emergency treatments for stroke: tPA, surgery and non-surgical procedures. The treatment you receive will depend on the type of stroke you have, how serious your stroke was, your age and general health, and how soon you arrive at the hospital.

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What are the types of stroke?

There are two main types of stroke: those caused by blood clots (ischemic stroke) and those caused by bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke). When clots stop blood flowing to the brain for a short time, a TIA (transient ischemic attack) or “mini-stroke” can happen.

Each stroke is different. How well you recover from a stroke depends upon many factors including how much your brain was damaged and in what areas, as well as your health before the stroke. The work you do with your stroke rehabilitation tram and the support form family and friends are also important

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Recovery After Stroke

It is important that people get the right services at the right time after their stroke. A part of this recovery journey should include learning how to lower the risk of future strokes.

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Post Stroke Living

Stroke can change your life. It can affect you, your friends and your family. It is important to be aware of the resources that are available that can help you continue your recovery, make healthy life choices, provide support to you and your family and adjust to life after stroke.

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Central South Regional Stroke Network
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    Stroke Network
  • 237 Barton Street East
  • Hamilton, ON  L8L 2X2
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