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Interactive Health Heart Month

February is



Physical activity…..EVERY DAY…..can benefit your health in significant ways and can reduce risk of heart attack and stroke, so……..GET TO IT! If you want some chances to win a one hour massage therapy gift certificate then do the following:

In the month of February:

♥Get active!

♥Tell us about it!

♥It’s that easy!


For the month of February, every time you spend 30 minutes or more being active, send us an email at:

CalgaryPhysiotherapy@gmail.com.  Include your name and phone number.  You will receive an entry for each

workout! We will give away 4 gift certificates per week.

Please read on for more information on Stroke and Heart Attack and visit www.heartandstroke.com

for plenty more information too.


What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when there is an interruption of flow of blood to the brain or the rupture of blood vessels in the

brain.  This interruption or rupture causes brain cells in the affected area to die.  The resulting effects depend

on where the brain was injured as well as how much damage occurred.  A stroke can impact any

number of areas, including your ability to move, see, remember, speak, reason, read and write.


Do you know the 5 Signs of Stroke?

  • Weakness – Sudden loss of strength or sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg, even if temporary.
  • Trouble speaking – Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding or sudden confusion, even if temporary.
  • Vision problems – Sudden trouble with vision, even if temporary.
  • Sudden severe and unusual headache.
  • Sudden loss of balance, especially with any of the above signs.


What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack occurs when the blood supplied to the heart has been slowed or stopped due to a blockage.

Atherosclerosis, which is a narrowing of the coronary arteries resulting from plaque buildup, is said to cause

more than 90% of heart attacks.  A heart attack can also occur when a coronary artery temporarily

contracts or goes into a severe spasm, effectively shutting off the flow of the blood to the heart.  The length of

time the blood supply is cut off will determine the amount of damage the heart receives.


Do you know the signs of a heart attack?

• Chest discomfort (uncomfortable chest pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness) • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (neck, jaw, shoulder, arms, back) • Shortness of breath • Sweating • Nausea • Light-headedness



Stroke or heart attack are medical emergencies.  Recognizing and responding IMMEDIATELY to the warning signs by calling 9-1-1 can significantly improve survival and recover.

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