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A stroke occurs when blood stops flowing to any part of the brain, damaging cells. There are three types of stroke including ischemic (caused by a blockage or clot in a blood vessel in the brain), hemorrhagic stroke (caused when an artery in the brain breaks open), and transient ischemic attack (caused by a small clot that briefly blocks an artery). 
Modifiable risk factors include hypertension (high blood pressure), smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and cholesterol levels.
Warning signs of a stroke - BEFAST:  Balance loss, eyesight changes, face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 911.  


Heart and Stroke Association:     

This resource offers education about the signs of stroke, treatments, risk and prevention, recovery and support.  It is a good general resource for information on stroke.

Stroke Network: Southern Ontario: 

This webpage provides access to resources that align with the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations.  There are links to various other pages such as accessibility, aphasia, social work, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.    

Johns Hopkins Stroke Recovery Timeline:   

This is a US based resource that outlines what to expect following a stroke from Day 1 to the first few weeks after a stroke including cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms. This resource also shares what to expect 1-3 months post-stroke and at the 6-month mark and beyond.
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