June is Stroke Awareness Month

Heath Tips presented by Tellier Guardian Pharmacy: June 8th, 2017

Car Seat Safety 

There are new car and booster seat safety guidelines to protect Alberta kids!  Infant and child car seats save lives. For every ride in a car, secure your child into a properly installed car seat or booster seat that meets all current safety standards. Use a car seat or booster seat that is made for their weight and height. For questions about car seats and booster seats, call Transport Canada at 1-800-333-0371.  Alberta Health Services (AHS) had updated its Car Seat and Booster Seat Safety Recommendations.  AHS’ updated recommendations are evidence-based and are intended to help parents choose and use their children’s car seats and booster seats correctly, for as long as possible.  Changes made to the previous recommendations are noted, so that new information is easily identifiable, along with the rationale for change.

  1. Seating location of children in the vehicle
  • Previous recommendation – Children 12 years old and younger are safest riding in the back seat.
  • New recommendation – Children under the age of 13 are safest in the back seat.
  1. Car seats, rear-facing
  • Previous recommendation -A baby should stay rear-facing until he/she is at least 1 year of age and 22 lbs and walking.
  • New recommendation – A child is safest staying rear-facing until he/she is at least 2 years of age or reaches the maximum weight or height limit of the rear-facing seat, as stated by the manufacturer. A rear-facing seat provides the best protection for a child’s head, neck and spine in a sudden stop or crash. Many rear-facing car seats are designed with higher weight and height limits beyond 2 years of age, these models are preferred.
  1. Car seats, forward-facing
  • Previous recommendation -A child should be in a forward-facing child safety seat until he/she weighs at least 40 lbs (18 kg).
  • New recommendations – Once a child is at least 2 years of age or reaches the maximum weight or height limit of their rear-facing car seat, as stated by the manufacturer, he/she can move into a forward-facing car seat. Use a forward-facing car seat until the child reaches the maximum weight or height limit of that seat, as stated by the manufacturer. For more info visit: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Alberta/Pages/tips-for-buying-a-child-safety-seat-or-booster-seat.aspx

June is Stroke Awareness Month 

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in Canada, and the third leading cause of death. Nearly 14,000 Canadians die from stroke each year, with a new stroke occurring every 10 minutes. A stroke occurs when blood stops flowing to any part of your brain or there’s a bleed, damaging brain cells. The effects of a stroke depend on the part of the brain damaged and the amount of damage done.  Stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone with you is experiencing the signs of a stroke, it is critical that you call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Types of Stroke

Ischemic strokes are caused by a blockage or clot in a blood vessel in the brain. This blockage can occur as a result of a substance called plaque which has built up on the inside wall of an artery.




Hemorrhagic strokes occur when an artery in the brain bursts open. The interrupted blood flow that results from this burst artery causes damage to the brain. High blood pressure weakens arteries over time and is a major cause of hemorrhagic stroke. If you have high blood pressure, speak to your physician about ways to manage it.

Transient ischemic attacks (TIA) are caused by a small clot that briefly blocks an artery. You may have heard these strokes called ‘mini-strokes’ or ‘warning strokes’. Although no lasting damage occurs, TIAs are an important warning that a more serious stroke may occur soon, and should be brought to the attention of your physician immediately.

The treatment of stroke varies based on the type of stroke, how serious it was, age, general health, and how quickly a stroke victim arrives at the hospital. Recognizing the signs of a stroke and acting FAST can help save a life.  According to Heart and Stroke, nine in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for stroke, however, lifestyle changes can reduce your risk.  http://www.heartandstroke.ca/stroke/what-is-stroke?gclid=CIeaj-rVqdQCFQIRaQodhpYJZA


Speaking of Heart Health 

Learn about your heart and blood circulation.  It’s not always easy to tell if you’re having problems with blood vessels in your heart and your body. You can’t feel plaque building up in your arteries. That’s a scary thought for anyone who is concerned about high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Plaque buildup can have long-term effects on your heart and blood flow. And it doesn’t just affect your heart. Plaque buildup can happen in your leg arteries too. Alberta Health Services provides topics that can help you see what tests, lifestyle changes, and treatments are right for you.


To learn more, explore these topics:

  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol and Triglycerides Tests
  • Ischemia
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs
  • High Cholesterol: Should I Take Statins?
  • High Blood Pressure: Should I Take Medicine?



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