June is Stroke Awareness Month across Canada. Strokes are the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in Saskatchewan. That's why the Heart and Stroke Foundation is spending this upcoming month urging Saskatchewan residents, especially women, to educate themselves about the prevention and warning signs of stroke.

The foundation released its 2011 Stroke Report, which indicates that stroke kills 32 per cent more Canadian women than men.

To help inform people about the risk factors of stroke, the foundation has launched two smartphone apps. They are designed to help people make simple lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of stroke.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is also working with the province to implement the Saskatchewan Integrated Stroke Strategy. The strategy puts protocols in place for stroke prevention clinics, emergency transport and treatment, and recovery programs.