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Canadians talk about living with heart disease and stroke

If you’ve had a stroke or a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease or atrial fibrillation, you are not alone. About 1.3 million Canadians have heart disease, 350,000 have atrial fibrillation, and another 300,000 are living with the effects of a stroke. But experiencing this for yourself may have a significant, and sometimes devastating, impact on you and your family. What challenges might you face? How do you cope with your new reality? A diverse group of Canadians, in a series of unscripted videos, share their personal stories so others can learn from their experience.

Mel: Telling our stories
Mel - Heart Attack: TELLING OUR STORIES

“You can’t put off being healthy; you may not have another chance.”

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Dustin: Atrial fibrillation
Dustin - Atrial Fibrillation: ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

“Increased stroke risk – that’s very scary.”

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Jay:Living for today
Jay - Heart Attack:
Living for today

“I didn’t even realize I was depressed.”

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Vanessa: Healing and recovery
Vanessa - Heart Failure: healing and recovery

“Your number one job is to heal.”

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Mickey: A new lifestyle
Mickey - Stroke, Atrial Fibrillation:
A new lifestyle

“It’s the exercise that I think helped me survive.”

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Mel: Lessons Learned
Mel - Heart Attack: LESSONS LEARNED

“Change is really hard, but it's worth it.”

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Vanessa: Finding Help
Vanessa - Heart Failure: Finding Help

“Pick someone and ask: Can you be my advocate?”

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Christine: Coping at home
Christine - Stroke:
COPING AT HOME

“If someone had just said what to expect when you go home…”

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Telling our stories

Heart disease and stroke can have a significant and sometimes devastating impact on you and your family.

Heart disease and stroke can have a significant and sometimes devastating impact on you and your family. Watch the video trailer to view a sample of the personal stories of others who have faced this. Interested in seeing more? Click on the Back to themes button to select from the themed videos.

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Finding help

How do you deal with a stroke, heart attack or a diagnosis of heart disease?

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Finding Help
Meldon: heart attack
Christine: stroke
Mickey: atrial fibrillation
Dr. Dorian: an expert
Vanessa: heart failure

How do you deal with a stroke, heart attack or a diagnosis of heart disease? Patients talk about learning how to ask the questions you may forget— or be afraid — to ask.

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Coping at Home

At the hospital, you are surrounded by knowledgeable healthcare workers, but what about when you get home?

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Coping at Home
Vanessa: heart failure
Meldon: heart attack
Christine: stroke
Mickey: atrial fibrillation

At the hospital, you are surrounded by knowledgeable healthcare workers, but what about when you get home? You may face unanswered questions and struggle to find reliable resources. Patients share how they dealt with these new and unexpected challenges.

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Living for today

After a stroke or heart disease diagnosis, you expect challenges to your physical health.

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Living for Today
Vanessa: heart failure
Meldon: heart attack
Christine: stroke
Jay: heart attack
Mickey: atrial fibrillation

After a stroke or heart disease diagnosis, you expect challenges to your physical health. But what about your emotional health? Dealing with depression, anger, and other unexpected emotions can be challenging, but you are not alone.

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A New Lifestyle

So many things change after you are diagnosed with heart disease or have had a stroke.

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A New Lifestyle
Vanessa: heart failure
Meldon: heart attack
Jay: heart attack
Bob: heart attack
Thomas: bypass surgery
Mickey: atrial fibrillation

So many things change after you are diagnosed with heart disease or have had a stroke. Patients share how they’ve learned to cope with the many challenges in adjusting to new diet, physical activity and medication needs.

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Lessons Learned

Nobody wants to experience heart attack or stroke.

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Lessons Learned
Vanessa: heart failure
Meldon: heart attack
Christine: stroke
Bob: heart attack
Thomas: bypass surgery

Nobody wants to experience heart attack or stroke. But going through it can leave you with unexpected wisdom. Patients share what they’ve learned and how they turned their experience into something positive.

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Healing and Recovery

Will you ever get back to a normal life?

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Healing and Recovery
Meldon: heart attack
Christine: stroke
Thomas: bypass surgery
Jay: heart attack
Vanessa: heart failure
Bob: heart attack

Will you ever get back to a normal life? Many patients can, but for others, pain and physical and emotional challenges can change daily. Patients share how they are finding their way to a healthy, full life again.

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Atrial fibrillation series

It can be a shock to learn you have atrial fibrillation.

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A fib and stroke
A fib medications
Living with A fib
A fib treatment
A fib symptoms

It can be a shock to learn you have atrial fibrillation. Knowing that it can increase your risk of stroke can be frightening. This video series helps explain the many challenges of atrial fibrillation and shows how patients are coping with their diagnosis, treatments and medications.

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Developed in association with Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
And Wendy Rowland Productions


The Heart and Stroke Foundation thanks sanofi aventis for providing the funds to make the development of this video series possible. This video series has been independently developed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Acceptance of financial support by the Heart and Stroke Foundation does not constitute an endorsement.

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