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Awareness, donations, key elements of P.E.I.'s Heart Month 2019

Dr. Ed Harrison, chairman of the board of Heart and Stroke P.E.I., and Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry raise a flag at Government House in Charlottetown on Friday, Feb. 1, to celebrate Heart Month 2019.
Dr. Ed Harrison, chairman of the board of Heart and Stroke P.E.I., and Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry raise a flag at Government House in Charlottetown on Friday, Feb. 1, to celebrate Heart Month 2019. - Mitsuki Mori
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

To acknowledge Heart Month 2019, a special flag was raised at Government House on Feb. 1.

The annual flag-raising is in recognition of February as Heart Month and Heart and Stroke’s provincewide door-to-door canvass.

Heart and Stroke will once again reach out to Islanders with its February report on the health of Canadians that shines a spotlight on critical heart and brain health issues.

Over the past six-plus decades, deaths from heart disease and stroke have declined by 75 per cent.

However, given the growing senior demographic and with nine in 10 Islanders having at least one risk factor for these diseases, there is still much more to do.

It is hoped that Islanders who see the flag flying atop the Government House flag pole will be reminded of the importance of answering the knock on their doors and making a donation.

It is only through the outstanding generosity of Island individuals and businesses that Heart & Stroke moves ever closer to its vision of lives uninterrupted by heart disease and stroke.

The flag was raised by Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry and assisted by Dr. Ed Harrison, Heart and Stroke board chairman, and Sarah Crozier, health promotion manager.

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