Heart & Stroke is proud to get together with the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) and Josée Boudreault, in a new wave of awareness of the signs of stroke.
For a second year in a row, the campaign will be financially supported by the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS).
Host and speaker Josée Boudreault, who suffered her first stroke in July 2016 and her second in September 2017, and her husband Louis-Philippe Rivard are proud to be the spokespersons for the FAST campaign again. “Since Josée became the spokesperson for the campaign, we’ve received tons of stories from people who also recognized the signs. We’re humbled to be part of such an effort to raise awareness about the signs of stroke throughout the province,” says Louis-Philippe. “We know firsthand that a stroke can happen at any time, and that it is crucial to act FAST.”
Stroke is a medical emergency that occurs 62,000 times a year in Canada, in other words, once every 9 minutes. It is one of the leading causes of death and severe disability in the country. “Knowing the signs of stroke and how to act FAST can make the difference between life and death, or between a full recovery and a long-term disability. The quicker a stroke victim can get to a facility offering acute care for stroke, the better the chances of survival with little or no disability. Unfortunately, many in Québec still ignore the signs of stroke when they appear. That’s why Heart & Stroke is proud that Josée and the MSSS are supporting its awareness campaign again this year, to remind the province that knowing the signs and acting FAST is vital,” says Francine Forget Marin, director, Health Promotion and Research, Québec, at Heart & Stroke.
The MSSS financial support will also help Heart & Stroke with the deployment of the Living with Stroke program in Quebec; a community-based support and educational program designed for stroke survivors and their care partners.