Thank you for participating in the 2021 Chinese Health Forum!

2021 Chinese Health Forum: Take Charge of Your Health – Preventing and Managing Stroke

On Saturday, March 6th and Sunday, March 7th, 2021, iCON hosted the 2021 virtual Chinese Health Forum: “Take Charge of Your Health – Preventing and Managing Stroke”.

This FREE online, interactive forum included a panel of 7 health experts from different disciplines, namely Dr. Thomas Ho (family physician), Dr. Samuel Yip (neurologist), Dr. Richard Ho (rehabilitation medicine specialist), Dr. Tigerson Young (registered psychologist), Jo Jo Wang (registered dietitian), Wendy Lam (occupational therapist), and Winnie Lau (registered psychiatric nurse).

During the 2 day event, the panel discussed the early detection, risk factors, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of stroke. Specific topics included:

  • Preventing stroke:  tips for lowering your risk of stroke
  • How to recognize the symptoms of stroke
  • What to do in times of emergency – When to seek help and treatment when you experience a stroke
  • Post stroke management: techniques for managing your physical and mental health after a stroke
  • Where and how to access support in the community

The presentations were delivered in Cantonese, with Mandarin and English live interpretation. Both sessions were very well attended, with over 2000 participants in total from across BC, Canada, and the world.

You can watch the recordings for Part 1 here:

You can watch the recordings for Part 2 here:

The iCON team would like to thank our media and community partners, health exhibitors, supporters, participants, and speakers for contributing to the success of our virtual health forum this year.

6 Tips for Managing Your Medication

With today’s advancements in the medical field, humans live longer than they did 30 years ago. This is largely thanks to the scientists who have invented medications used to treat different disease states to maintain health. However, in order for these medications to show their effects, they need to be taken correctly. As consumers of these medications, we can do our part in the following ways:

  • Pay attention and follow the instructions on the prescription vial or box. Some medications need to be taken regularly while some only need to be taken as needed. Therefore, it is important to follow the regimen. Do not skip doses or adjust the dose on your own without discussing with your doctor.
  • Do not use expired medications. Some medications can lose their efficacy after their expiry date while some medications can turn into toxic metabolites that can harm the body.
  • It is always a good idea to know the names of your medications and their indications. This can make discussion of your medications with your doctor/pharmacist way easier.
  • Report any adverse drug reactions that you experience to your doctor or pharmacist immediately. The same medication can have different effects on different people.
  • If your medication regimen is complicated, explore different options to make taking your medications easier. Most pharmacies offer blister pack services and help pre-packing your medications so you don’t need to worry about forgetting to take certain pills. Other options are using a pill organizer, or even using a smartphone app as a reminder.
  • Book an appointment with your pharmacist to review your medications every year. Sometimes, your medication regimen needs to be reviewed according to your current health state. Pharmacists can also review your immunization history to see if you require certain vaccines (such as influenza, shingles, pneumonia) to maintain your health