What is stroke?

A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to any part of your brain, damaging brain cells. The effects of a stroke depend on the part of the brain that was damaged and the amount of damage done.

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Signs of a stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone with you is experiencing these signs, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Know what to do

How is stroke treated?

Your treatment will depend on the type of stroke you have, how serious it was, your age and general health, and how soon you arrive at the hospital.

Are you a health care provider?

See our education and resources for professionals

Life after stroke 

Stroke affects each person differently. Learn about the changes you might experience after a stroke, and get tips to help you manage the challenges and find your new normal.

Could you be at risk?

Try our free risk assessment

Risk & prevention

Nine in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for stroke. The good news? Lifestyle changes can dramatically lower your risk. Read more

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