Speaking from experience
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.
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.
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.
Coping at Home
At the hospital, you are surrounded by knowledgeable healthcare workers, but what about when you get home?
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.
Living for today
After a stroke or heart disease diagnosis, you expect challenges to your physical health.
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.
A New Lifestyle
So many things change after you are diagnosed with heart disease or have had a stroke.
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.
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.
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.
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.