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Heart Health

April 8th, 2011 the Globe and Mail had a special information feature on the new life-saving technologies that are helping drive down the mortality rates associated with heart conditions.  The take home message however, was that doctors warn without widespread behavioural change, heart disease rates are expected to increase, particularly among the young.

“We now know that heart disease is a disease of lifestyle.  If we eat healthfully, exercise regularly and don’t smoke, we can prevent at least two-thirds to three-quarters of all heart attacks in Canada and globally.”  {Dr. Milan Gupta, Cardiologist, William Osler Health System and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, McMaster University}

Obesity, smoking and inactivity are the primary health risks of our time. “Obesity increases the risk of diabetes, and diabetes is one of the greatest risk factors for heart disease.”  “Obesity is striking at ever younger age, so diabetes is hitting at ever younger ages.”

Dr. Blair O’Neill, president of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, says “heart disease rates are expected to increase, particularly among the young.”  “Gen-Xs and Gen-Ys may actually see a decrease in life expectancy in contrast to the increases we’ve enjoyed.”

“Our mothers were right!  Fruits and vegetables have the nutrients that help prvent chronic diseases like heart disease.  Add at least 30 minutes of vigorous walking or other heart-healthy exercise each day.  Be as active as possible; running up just one flight of stairs each day can stop you from gaining a pound every year.”

Congratulations to each of you that are making Healthy Choices for your Heart every day!

Rise UP and Be Healthy!


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