Everything You Need To Know About Strokes

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living


I Cried The Day I Stopped Hiding That I'm A Stroke Survivor

Dina Pestonji | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

I desperately tried to HIDE my story. After my stroke, I hated the attention I received. I was lucky to have had a successful recovery but I did not understand why it was such a big deal, why newspapers wanted to write about it and why every single person I saw would make it the focus of a conversation.

What It Is Like To Be A TEDx Speaker

Dina Pestonji | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

I had to be in the moment because my brain would not allow me to think ahead. As I was speaking, it terrified me. What if I would forget my next line? But it was a blessing. I was forced to be present, in that moment and think about the emotions in my story.

Mediterranean Diet Can Help Those Struggling With Heart Disease

AFP Relaxnews | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Living

Just another reason to adopt the Mediterranean diet.

Some People Are Having Strokes At Hair Salons And Here's Why

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Style

Yes, Beauty Parlour Stroke Syndrome is a very real thing.

Nobody Knows Why I Suffered A Stroke At 29

Dina Pestonji | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

Waking up was the most terrifying experience. The right side of my body was paralyzed. I lost the ability to speak. I had a stroke. A STROKE... at 29! I went from being this giddy, talkative, always on-the-go woman to being an invalid.

How Microbes Could Give You a Heart Attack

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Twenty years ago, heart disease was the number one killer of Canadians. That number has dropped over the years thanks in part to research examining the causes of heart attacks and recommendations for better preventative behaviours. Despite this drop, there is still much to be learned about how heart attacks happen. One of the most studied causes is the atherosclerotic lesion, better known as plaque. This accumulation of cells, fats, minerals, and other organic material tend to accumulate in the arteries as we age. If buildup happens to occur in the coronary artery, cardiac arrest may inevitably happen.

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Transforming Our Society

Charles Francis | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Charles Francis

Today, people who meditate are seen as progressive and open-minded. Whatever term we may use to describe them, they are generally loving, kind, generous, insightful, and willing to help others achieve the same rich and fulfilling lives they have.

Obesity Is Not the New Tobacco

Kapil Khatter | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

Those approaches, for unhealthy eating in particular, can be a real challenge, because they bang hard against the reactor core of our economic system -- consumption. Consumption and lots of it. Like tobacco, the fight for healthy eating will challenge the heart of what companies do: sell as much as they can.

How Stress Can Cause Heart Attacks

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living

Scientists said Sunday they may have unravelled how chronic stress leads to heart attack and stroke: triggering overproduction of disease-fighting whi...

This Is Why You Should Eat More Protein

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.12.2014 | Canada Living

Results of a meta-analysis published in the online journal Neurology suggest that even a moderate increase in protein intake of 20g per day can reduce...

The Mother's Day Gift of Good Brain Health

Lynn Posluns | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lynn Posluns

With Mother's Day coming up, now seems like a fitting time to point out the incredible need for research into women's brain health. Why? Because every Mother's Day we celebrate and honour the women in our lives. But research still focuses on male brains.

Even Health-Conscious Consumers Find It Hard to Maintain a Healthy Diet

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

It's a proven fact that most people change their eating habits and lifestyle choices only after a serious health scare such as a heart attack or a dia...

Ask Elizabeth: Finding Mobility Aids for Stroke Survivors on a Budget

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.02.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Coming home from the hospital following an illness or surgery can be overwhelming in an already stressful time and it's important to have a plan based...

Reducing Salt Intake Could Put Years on Your Life

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Less salt in our food supply could save at least half a million Americans from dying prematurely over the next ten years, according to separate studie...

How to Love Your Heart this February

Tom W. Watson | Posted 04.18.2013 | Canada Living
Tom W. Watson

February is Heart Month in Canada. For those of you who pledge to lose weight and get in better shape this year, I encourage you to stay true to your resolution -- make sustainable changes in your lives so you can achieve the goals you know you should.

Alzheimer's: Goodbye, My Love

Joan Sutton | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png What Nancy Reagan called the long goodbye has, for me, come to an end. My beloved husband has died, peacefully, in his own home, surrounded by people who loved him. It was indeed, a long goodbye. Seven years spent with Alzheimer's. And a final year, playing hide and seek with death.

Alzheimers: Caregiving, Seven Years Later

Joan Sutton | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png This month, my husband and I enter the seventh year of living with Alzheimer's (AD). The past seven years have been years of learning, of facing the inevitability of age, and what aging means, of stretching myself to accept new responsibilities. I am no longer the only caregiver.

Can Nature Keep Medical Costs Down?

David Suzuki | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

It's easier, more effective, and cheaper to let healthy bodies fight off disease and infections than to weaken those defence mechanisms and then compensate for them medically. If we want a stable health system, we must put more resources into reducing pollution and environmental degradation and creating a way of life that keeps bodies and minds happy and in good health.

Stroke On The Rise For Young People

CP | Lauran Neergaard | Posted 03.31.2012 | Canada Living

WASHINGTON - When a stroke hits at 52, as it did to Sen. Mark Kirk, the reaction is an astonished, "But he's so young."The reality is that strokes do ...

Smoking And Stroke: Smokers Have Strokes At Younger Age, Study Suggests

CP | Anne-Marie Tobin, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2011 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new comparison of patients at an Ottawa stroke prevention clinic suggests that those who smoke have strokes or mini-strokes at a younger a...