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.

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

Recognize the signs of stroke

Life after stroke

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See our education and resources for professionals.

Samantha Gomez
In my mind, I was asking ‘Where are my car keys?’ But in reality, I kept saying, ‘Where are my limes?’ I didn’t get why everyone looked so worried.
Samantha Gomez
had a stroke at 23.
Samantha Gomez

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Risk & prevention

About 9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for stroke. The good news? Lifestyle changes can dramatically lower your risk.