Support heart, stroke research

We invite people from across Trail area to recognize and become involved in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Heart Month this February.

We invite people from across Trail area to recognize and become involved in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Heart Month this February.

Heart Disease and Stroke are two of the three leading causes of death for Canadians, cutting the lives of Canadians short.

But you can save lives this Heart Month, by:

• Donating online: heartandstroke.bc.ca

• Call 1-866-432-7833 now to register as a canvasser in your neighbourhood

• A donation table will be set up at Waneta Plaza in Trail on Feb. 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Giving generously when a canvasser comes to your door, or contacts you online

• Learning about the preventable risk factors for heart disease and stroke. /Visit heartandstroke.bc.ca for more information.

Since 1955, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation have facilitated:

• research behind the development and use of the implantable pacemaker

• clot-busting drugs that can erase the effects of a stroke after it’s happened

• pioneering the artificial heart for transplant patients

• developing and updating guidelines for resuscitation (CPR)

• public awareness of stroke signs and heart attack warning signals:

Signs of a Heart Attack

• Chest pain or discomfort

• Pain in arm, neck, jaw or back

• Sweating

• Nausea

• Difficult breathing

Signs of a Stroke

• Sudden weakness, numbness

• Sudden trouble speaking

• Sudden vision problems

• Sudden severe headache

• Sudden dizziness

To date, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has funded $1 billion in support of Canadian research, with more than $100 million going to B.C. researchers. The results of many years of diligence, determination and perseverance on the part of world-class researchers and scientists are coming back to our communities.

With your help, we are continuing to learn more about heart disease and stroke, move closer to a future with generations free of heart disease and stroke.

Suzanne Pugh, manager

Heart and Stroke Foundation, Okanagan/Kootenay