Heart & Stroke : Together, we create survivors

For more than 60 years, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has helped save the lives of countless Canadians ? last year alone, 165,000 Canadians survived heart disease or stroke to come home to their families.

Millions of Canadians have put their faith ? and their funds ? with us to fight heart disease and stroke. Since our inception in 1952, the Foundation has invested more than $1.4 billion in life-saving treatments, care that dramatically improves quality of life and the knowledge we all need to prevent ? and even eliminate ? disease. We have prompted positive change in how the healthcare system treats people who suffer stroke and cardiac arrests. And our determined advocacy work has reduced smoking, increased awareness of the signs of stroke and empowered people to take charge of their own health.

Now, more than 90 per cent of Canadians who have a heart attack and more than 80 per cent of who have a stroke and make it to the hospital will survive. Despite this phenomenal progress, heart disease and stroke remain Manitoba’s leading cause of death. In fact, every seven minutes, in Canada, someone dies from heart disease and stroke.

Together, we can change the future to save lives promote recovery and create a new generation of survivors. Help us create more fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, children and friends who come home to a long and healthy life. Our goal by 2020, is to reduce risk factors for heart disease and stroke by 10 per cent and Canadians? death rate by 25 per cent ? an aggressive target ? but together, we will make it happen.