For the 3rd year, our family will be participating in the Manulife Ride for Heart! This year it will be a little different as we can't ride down the Gardiner Expressway, but we will be charting our own path through Toronto neighbourhoods.
This year, I'm especially thankful that donors like you are helping Heart & Stroke help those who are especially vulnerable right now. While new information about coronavirus, heart disease and stroke arrives daily, what we know now is alarming: People living with heart disease and stroke are at greater risk for developing serious medical complications if infected with COVID-19.
Here are some of the things Heart & Stroke is doing to support those most vulnerable to COVID-19. If you want to know more check out: heartandstroke.ca/articles/coronavirus-the-information-you-need
• Staying safe and healthy (mentally and physically): Our interactive webinars and ongoing stream of digital resources help people protect themselves, stay healthy, manage their conditions and deal with reduced access to health and rehabilitation services.
• Peer support groups: Our private Facebook groups are extremely active. People living with heart disease and stroke and their care supporters rely on these safe communities to get information and support from those with similar experiences.
• CPR and life-support training for health care providers: As retired doctors and nurses return to help ease the strain our healthcare system is facing, Heart & Stroke is helping them refresh their resuscitation skills through our life-support training programs. And we’re working with institutions to help create flexible learning opportunities to help ensure high-quality CPR can be delivered safely to patients in all settings.
• Life-saving medical attention: We’re strongly urging those with heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest symptoms to get the urgent medical attention they need, even if the health system is dealing with COVID-19. Their lives depend on it.
• Adapting our Stroke Best Practices to COVID-19: We know that hospitals and all health care providers are facing immense challenges and that stroke care is rapidly evolving in response. Our guidance helps support evidence-based stroke care during the COVID-19 pandemic so stroke patients and their families get the quality care they need.
COVID-19 has made our fight against heart disease and stroke more urgent than ever. Now as always, remember that heart attacks, cardiac arrests and stroke are medical emergencies. Hospitals are ready to care for you and your loved ones, even in these difficult times. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention.
And thank you in advance for your support.
Yours in health,