1 in 3 Canadians don’t know the difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest, poll finds – CTV

Oct. 18, 2023

Despite 50 per cent of Canadians having been affected by heart disease and stroke in some capacity according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a much smaller proportion understand critical information related to the health issue.

This is according to a new Heart and Stroke poll which also found that one in three Canadians do not understand the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack, nor do they know that men and women exhibit different signs when having a heart attack.

“The most troubling [research finding], from my perspective, would be that a third of Canadians think that it’s difficult to recognize the signs of stroke if you’re not a trained healthcare professional,” Lesley James, Heart and Stroke spokesperson and director of health policy and systems, told CTVNews.ca. “The signs of stroke are easy to recognize and everyone needs to know that. It’s very important because stroke can happen to anyone at any age.”

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/1-in-3-canadians-don-t-know-the-difference-between-heart-attack-and-cardiac-arrest-poll-finds-1.6597723

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