More than 400,000 Canadians are living with long-term disability from the effects a stroke.1 This number calls for us to educate more people about the potential risk of being diagnosed
with this disease, especially women. Strokes disproportionately affect women with 59% of stroke deaths occurring in the female population.1
There is a study gap
to suggest that women are under-researched and underdiagnosed when it comes to strokes.2 In fact, two-thirds of clinical heart disease and stroke research is conducted on men.3 Yet, women have higher mortality rates and more
severe outcomes following a stroke when compared to men.4 Heart disease and stroke is the number one cause of premature death for women in Canada, which means you/your partner, your mother and grandmother may be at a greater risk.3
It’s important to share that we’ve made a lot of advancements in diagnosing and treating stroke patients. However, it’s also important to educate the ways to prepare if this disease
was to occur, and with knowledge we can better protect ourselves and our loved ones.