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Every Dollar Gets Results

When you donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, participate in an event such as Big Bike, Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart and any other of your local Foundation events, you are helping the Foundation fund vital research, support health education and advocate for change.
Here are just some ways your donation helps:

UNDER $10 CATEGORY
Every $3 donated allows one person to take the Heart&Stroke Risk Assessment and receive a customized action plan for healthy living that includes practical online tips, tools, recipes and other resources to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

IN THE $25 CATEGORY
$25provides three Heart&Soul manuals for parents of children born with congenital heart disease to help them provide the most caring and effective homecare possible for their sons and daughters.
180 donations of $25
Buys an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for a recreation centre, workplace or other public venue to help save lives during cardiac arrest. The money not only buys the machine, but it also goes toward installation, maintenance and staff training . If delivered within the first few minutes, CPR together with AEDs improve the survival rate of those who experience cardiac arrest outside of the hospital by up to 50%.

IN THE $50 CATEGORY
$50covers the cost of printing 625 brochures on the warning signs of stroke, which, if identified and treated immediately, can make all the difference in survival and recovery.
$50…covers the cost of printing 625 brochures on the warning signals of heart attack – which if recognized early, can mean the difference between life and death.
90 donations of $50
Buys an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for a recreation centre, workplace or other public venue. The money not only buys the machine, but it also goes toward installation, maintenance and staff training . If delivered within the first few minutes, CPR together with AEDs improve the survival rate of those who experience cardiac arrest outside of the hospital by up to 50%.

IN THE $100 CATEGORY
$100…buys 66 rehabilitation workbooks for stroke survivors and their families to help improve their quality of life.
45 donations of $100
Buys an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for a recreation centre, workplace or other public venue. The money not only buys the machine, but it also goes toward installation, maintenance and staff training . If delivered within the first few minutes, CPR together with AEDs improve the survival rate of those who experience cardiac arrest outside of the hospital by up to 50%.

IN THE $500 CATEGORY
12 donations of $500 funds a medical student for four months at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in research training in heart disease or stroke. The Heart and Stroke Foundation supports eight students each summer.
For example, Philip Berardi is studying a gene that may play a role in causing high blood pressure. The hope is to identify new targets for treatment and prevention. Teresa Furtak is studying, among other things, whether using ultrasound on the jugular vein is helpful in diagnosing congestive heart failure. These studies will fuel future medical advances that will improve the quality of life for thousands of Canadians who have been diagnosed with heart disease or stroke.

IN THE $1,000 CATEGORY
18 donations of $1,000 supports the work of a master’s student working in the area of heart disease or stroke research for one year. For example, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is currently funding Kathleen McMillan to study the link between obesity and cardiovascular disease with Dr. Robert Ross in Kingston. Ms. McMillan’s study may lead to better treatment for thousands of Canadians who experience heart disease or stroke due to their weight.

IN THE $5,000 CATEGORY
30 donations of $5,000 allows renowned investigator Dr. Salim Yusuf to determine the impact of all forms of tobacco use, including chewing tobacco, on the risk of heart attack. Dr. Yusuf is analyzing 22,000 blood samples for a byproduct of nicotine to show how it relates to heart attack risk. This is part of the ongoing INTERHEART study that previously identified nine easily measurable and modifiable risk factors that predict more than 90% of the risk of heart attack in all population groups around the world. He expects to show that all forms of tobacco use, even at light levels, increase the risk of heart attack, and that the impact is greater on younger individuals. Dr. Yusuf’s work may provide evidence to increase restrictions on all forms of tobacco use.

IN THE $10,000 CATEGORY
10 donations of $10,000 goes toward the Rick Gallop Award that encourages innovative research. The most recent recipient is Dr. Arya M. Sharma. He is exploring the potential of measuring fat around the heart as an indirect measure of abdominal obesity. Men with waists larger than 103 cm (40”) and women with 88 cm (36) waists are at higher risk for heart attack. But it is difficult to measure accurately without the use of expensive MRI or CT scans. Fat around the heart can be easily measured with ultrasound, a simple and inexpensive measure of obesity-related cardiovascular risk. Dr. Sharma’s work may save thousands of lives as well as health-care dollars.

IN THE $50,000 CATEGORY
9 donations of $50,000 will cover the cost of stroke rehabilitation research over three years. Currently, Heart and Stroke funded researcher Dr. Maria Huijbregts is testing the use of videoconferencing to make community reintegration program available to stroke survivors in remote areas of Northern Ontario. Community reintegration is more difficult for stroke survivors in remote areas because of a lack of programming, shortage of health-care professionals and isolation. Because of Dr. Huijbregts’ work, many stroke survivors in remote areas may have an improved quality of life.