It can happen to anyone.

Posted on November 29, 2013

Just ask Trevor Forest. The last thing Trevor expected when he headed to the hockey arena one evening was to end up in hospital. In fact, without the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Trevor would likely have died that night. Trevor was just taking a break from playing his amateur hockey game, when he collapsed in cardiac arrest. Thanks to quick-thinking teammates who performed CPR, and an onsite …

Ways to reduce seasonal stress: The Holiday preparations have started!

Posted on November 28, 2013

Wondering how you’re going to fit it all in?  Our lives are busy already, but with less than a month to go, all the extra social events and family get-togethers, decorating the house inside and out, writing greeting cards and hitting the busy malls to buy gifts…the extra work is a recipe for some serious seasonal stress! If you – or a loved one – are recovering from stroke or …

Stew looking more like soup? 5 ways to thicken yours!

Posted on November 27, 2013

All day in the slow cooker – and you’ve still come home to a watery, runny stew.  Hmmm, not as appetizing as you anticipated! Don’t despair!  You don’t have to resort to take-out or even eating out. Try one of these easy ways to thicken your stew and it’ll be ready to serve again in no time: Microwave a large sweet potato with the skin on, for 6-8 minutes.  Scoop …

Top 10 gifts for family and friends, straight from your heart to theirs!

Posted on November 26, 2013

There’s less than a month to go! Looking for a holiday gift for a friend or family member on a heart-healthy diet, or for those concerned about heart-health?  Perhaps YOU’RE anxious about a loved ones heart-health… or you simply want to make sure that special person’s heart keeps on ticking for a lot longer! Just because you refrain from buying all those fat-laden holiday treats, doesn’t mean you can’t spoil …

Someone’s life could be in YOUR hands. Learn about our CPR Anytime Kit.

Posted on November 25, 2013

When should you learn CPR? Now! When cardiac arrest strikes, quickly taking action and performing CPR could save a life. It could be a family member, a friend, or a complete stranger who needs your help. Just look at these stories: ♥   Family: Read how new mom Shannon Bannen had to put her skills to the test, using CPR to save her 7 week old baby boy Keegan from …

Making a difference – by tripling survival rates.

Posted on November 22, 2013

“There are not many diseases for which an intervention has resulted in a 300 per cent improvement in survival.” Dr. Laurie Morrison Each year there are approximately 40,000 cardiac arrests that occur in Canada. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has invested millions of dollars into the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC), a massive Canada-U.S. resuscitation research collaboration. This international collaboration, the largest of it’s kind, investigates new resuscitation drugs, tools, and …

Your dollars are working hard. So are we.

Posted on November 21, 2013

The Heart&Stroke Calendar Lottery is an incredible gift to so many.  It’s the gift of life thanks to research breakthroughs and CPR training.  It’s the gift of recovery from stroke thanks to resources and rehabilitation improvements.  It’s the gift of healthier lifestyles, healthier communities and healthier hearts for YOUR loved ones. With your help, we are tangibly improving the lives of Canadians every day.  Here are just some of the …

Why does slow cooker food taste so good? Top tips and a tasty BBQ pork loin recipe

Posted on November 20, 2013

Nothing ends up as moist and tender as a great slow-cooked meal.  Stews, soups and curries have time for the flavours to infuse, the meat to tenderize, the veggies to soften and – if you do it right – the sauce to thicken. Forget the fat The great thing about the slow cooker is that you don’t need to add oil.  You’ll end up with a tasty and healthy meal, …

YOUR lottery dollars are directly impacting Canadians. Here’s how…

Posted on November 19, 2013

It can be easy to feel disconnected from the ways your lottery dollars are impacting real lives across Canada, especially if you, or your loved ones, haven’t personally been touched by heart disease or stroke. But we want you to know that in fact, the Heart&Stroke Calendar Lottery ticket you’re giving (or keeping!) is providing hope, improving lives and even giving life to so many people.  That’s why, today, we …

“Clear!” How does an AED really work?

Posted on November 18, 2013

No doubt you’ve seen the drama unfold on TV…a patient goes into cardiac arrest, then hoards of medics gather around while a doctor shouts “Clear!” and shocks the patient back to life (or not). But of course real life is a little different.  In reality, 85% of cardiac arrests occur outside a medical environment.  Whether at work, at home, at the arena, out shopping…wherever it happens, the patient will rely …

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are learning to save lives…are you?

Posted on November 15, 2013

Did you know that the Heart and Stroke Foundation provides a variety of training courses that give Canadians the tools to save a life? Each year the Heart and Stroke Foundation trains hundreds of thousands of Canadians in CPR, advanced life support, and effective AED use. As many as 40,000 cardiac arrests occur in Canada every year – and the majority of these are the result of heart attacks or …

Why is diabetes linked to heart disease and stroke?

Posted on November 14, 2013

Today, Thursday November 14, is World Diabetes Day – and diabetes is of course one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. You can’t control your family history, age, gender or ethnicity. But luckily, you can do something about other factors that could increase your risk of having heart disease or a stroke, including diabetes, along with obesity, diet, smoking, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. …

Your heart will love this succulent Salmon BLT recipe!

Posted on November 13, 2013

Salmon is considered to be one of nature’s ‘super-foods’.  Why?  The main reason is because salmon is a rich source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Polyunsaturated fats can lower bad cholesterol levels (LDL cholesterol) – and one type of polyunsaturated fat is omega-3, which can help prevent clotting of blood, reducing the risk of stroke.  It also helps lower triglycerides, a type of blood fat linked to heart disease. The …

It’s World Kindness Day tomorrow… how can you help?

Posted on November 12, 2013

Last week, we shared ideas for random acts of kindness.  But what if those affected by heart disease or stroke are at the forefront of your mind?  How can YOU help survivors and their families? Our supporters have been making a difference in the lives of Canadians for many years, not just through donations, but also through their generous contributions of time, skill and commitment. Millions of us are still …

Got 30 seconds? Learn how to act fast on cardiac arrest, right now.

Posted on November 11, 2013

First and foremost, today is Remembrance Day. We remember those who’ve fallen – and thank them for the sacrifices they made, so we can live our lives in freedom. “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” Benjamin Disraeli     Got 30 seconds? It takes just seconds for a life to be in jeopardy with cardiac arrest. Every second …

Restarting Anna’s Heart: Many people owe their lives to courageous bystanders

Posted on November 7, 2013

There are many lives that have been saved across Canada when courageous strangers, friends or family members have been able to carry out CPR.  Knowing about CPR when an emergency happens truly is a life-saver. Anna, who was 25 when she had her cardiac arrest, owes her life to the quick-thinking staff who were working at the YMCA where she collapsed. Here’s her story: Restarting Anna’s Heart Anna Shanh remembers …

In a breakfast rut? This versatile oatmeal recipe could become your go-to morning meal!

Posted on November 6, 2013

Are you in a breakfast rut?  It’s easy to fall into the habit of coffee and a bagel every day – or worse, skip breakfast altogether! Both children and adults who eat breakfast regularly tend to have healthier body weights than those who skip it. Healthy breakfast basics Our resident nutrition expert, Alyssa Rolnick RD, MHSc, weighs in with some advice on what you should be including in your first …

Times change: Guidelines for CPR are different now

Posted on November 5, 2013

Did you know that the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is a co-author of the 2010 Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care in North America?  Did you know that we are also the Canadian leader in resuscitation science, education and training? The 2010 guidelines are based on input from 356 resuscitation experts from 29 countries – and we are proud to contribute to this life-saving information. These guidelines are reviewed …

Do you believe in ‘what goes around comes around’? Be kind this month!

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World Kindness Day is coming up next week, on November 13th.  Although we don’t need any forethought for small, random acts of kindness, how about planning something super special you could do for someone else this month? Let’s live up to our nation’s well-earned reputation and make Canada an even happier place during November! You could set yourself a challenge to rack up 10 kind acts this month.  Here are …

Would you know how to save your loved one? Take our CPR quiz!

Posted on November 4, 2013

A close friend or family member collapses in front of you. Would you know what to do?  Most cardiac arrests occur outside a medical environment, so having a family member of friend close by to help in an emergency is literally a life-saver for many people. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has changed and it’s easier than ever to save the life of someone in cardiac arrest.  Do you know what’s changed?  …

More ways your support is saving lives: Now smartphones could be a lifeline

Posted on November 1, 2013

The person to save your life could well be a stranger who happens to be in the same restaurant, on the same street, or watching the same game as you. Dr. Steven Brooks is investigating the effectiveness of a new smartphone app called PulsePoint, which can alert trained bystanders to respond to a nearby cardiac arrest, by mapping the location and showing the nearest AED. Up to 85 per cent …