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The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada recognizes that individual and social risk factors affect the life-long heart health of Canadians. Research has shown that people of African descent are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes and are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than the general population. The Foundation provides the following resources to help you understand the risk factors and warning signs for heart disease and stroke.

Please see our full English and French sections for further resources.

Heart and Stroke Foundation Resources

Taking ControlTaking Control: Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

This brochure covers the risk factors for heart disease and stroke (1-2 pages for each risk factor), warning signs for heart attack and stroke, as well as the importance of being trained in CPR.



Heart-Healthy Recipes

Want to try some heart-healthy versions of traditional African and Caribbean recipes? Our dietitians have developed recipes with lower fat and sodium content but they are still delicious and easy to prepare.

Heart- Healthy African and Caribbean Recipes


Heart & Stroke Blood Pressure Action


Get your free personalized Heart&Stroke Blood Pressure Action PlanTM – loaded with lots of helpful info including realistic tips, advice and support to help you prevent or control high blood pressure.

External Links*

American Health Association

Search Your Heart program for African Americans

Power to End Stroke program for African Americans

Health Canada - Canada’s Food Guide
Learning more about Canada's Food Guide will help you and your family know how much food you need, what types of foods are healthier for you, and the importance of physical activity in your day – translated into English, French and 10 other languages.


Ministry of Health, Ontario – Diabetes Fact Sheets
A series of type-2 diabetes fact sheets with Information on physical activity, healthy eating, health weight, cholesterol and other issues in English, French and 11 other languages.


Smoke Free Ontario: Quit – You Have It in You!
Provides Quit information in English, French and 25 other languages.


Toronto Public Health - TransFat Fact Sheets
Two fact sheets developed by Toronto Public Health and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, including 5 Things You Should Know about TF and 5 Ways to Avoid it, produced in English, French and 5 other languages.


Toronto West Stroke Network – Dysphagia Booklet
A Patient and Family Education Pamphlet on Swallowing Problems after Stroke: What You Need to Know and How to Help, produced in English, French and 11 other languages.


* The following links are provided as quality sources of information. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is not responsible for the contents of any linked Web site, or any changes or updates to such web sites. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement.

Last reviewed March 2011.