- On June 7, 2017
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Although most people understand what a heart attack is, they may be less clear on what a stroke is. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. A stroke, which could also be called a “brain attack,” occurs when a blood vessel feeding the brain is blocked or bursts.
Stroke can be more difficult to diagnose as not everyone shows the same symptoms. You could experience sudden numbness or tingling in your face, arm or leg. You may have trouble speaking, lose vision or have a severe headache. Other possible indications include a sudden loss of balance, dizziness or having trouble walking. If you notice any stroke warning signs, call 911 right away. The earlier medical help is received, the better your chance of reducing the effects of stroke.
Though one stroke occurs every 10 minutes, over 80% of stroke patients survive. In fact, more than 400,000 Canadians are living with the effects of stroke. Plus, almost 80% of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented through healthy living, including eating well, being active, managing stress and not smoking. By reducing high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, you can reduce the occurrence of stroke. 1
While the odds of recovering from stroke may be excellent, recovery can also mean financial hardship due to months of lost income and thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses. Government health care plans may not cover the costs of prescription drugs, specialists and home care that may be required.
This is why Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is proud to team up with Canada Life to offer you Critical Illness coverage, with plans starting as low as $6.84 a month.2 Receive a lump sum benefit of up to $100,000 that’s 100% tax-free 30 days after diagnosis of a covered critical illness, including stroke as defined in the Certificate of Insurance.3 This helps give you the resources you need to focus on your recovery without the stress of worrying about your finances.
In addition to a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and affordable group rates, you can earn 1,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you obtain a one-time, no-obligation quote. You can also earn 2,000 Rewards points upon enrolment and 4,000 Rewards points annually when you continue to renew your coverage.4
1Stroke information and statistics are from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada at heartandstroke.ca, retrieved May 16, 2017. 2Premiums quoted are for a benefit amount of $25,000 for a female non-smoker between the ages of 18 and 29. 3Critical Illness Insurance for Hudson’s Bay customers is group insurance arranged for by Hudson’s Bay Financial Services and underwritten by The Canada Life Assurance Company. Full details of coverage, including restrictions and limitations that apply, are set out in the Certificate of Insurance provided on enrolment. 4Offer valid when you use a valid Canadian credit card to pay your premiums. Each Hudson’s Bay Rewards point offer is limited to one Hudson’s Bay Rewards account per household. Rewards points are issued within four to six weeks of payment. This offer cannot be combined with other offers and may change without notice.