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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

February is Heart and Stroke Month


February is Heart and Stroke awareness month in Canada. This year a new report was released by the Heart and Stroke Foundation focusing on women and their heart health. You can find the full report at www.heartandstroke.ca (below is a synopsis of some interesting facts).
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death for women in Canada (dying before reaching their expected lifespan).
  • Five times as many women die from heart disease as breast cancer.
  • Women who have a heart attack are more likely to die or suffer a second heart attack compared to men.

Women are under-aware and under-researched when it comes to heart disease. Within the healthcare system they are under-diagnosed and under-treated, and under-supported in their recovery.
Taking control
There are things women can do to reduce their risk of heart disease. It starts with talking to your doctor about your individual risk factors. Plus, these lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk:
  • becoming and remaining smoke free
  • achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight
  • being physically active for at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more
  • maintaining a healthy blood pressure through lifestyle changes (such as increased physical activity) and when needed through medication
  • eating a healthy, balanced diet focused on whole foods with lots of vegetables and fruit, and cooking at home as often as possible
  • using medications to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke as prescribed by your healthcare provider, for example medications for high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes.

    Help to raise awareness during the month of February by visiting the Heart and Stroke Foundation website, talk with canvassers who are coming to your door, and read the Heart & Stroke 2018 Heart Report.

    Trish Baird
    Read more news from Community Care Northumberland.
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