Cardiovascular Health

Posted on February 13, 2018 -

The cardiovascular system consists of the heart (of course) and a complex network of blood vessels (veins, capillaries and arteries) that transport approximately 5 litres of blood throughout the body per minute. The cardiovascular system is responsible for transporting oxygen, nutrients, and hormones throughout the body, supporting the immune system, and essentially, for keeping you alive. It is paramount that we keep our heart healthy in order to stay fit and well throughout life.

 

Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada (following cancer) and currently there are approximately 2.4 million Canadians 20 years and older live with heart disease. Heart disease encompasses a range of disorders affecting the heart, including Coronary Artery Disease, arrhythmias (heart rhythm problems), and congenital heart defects. Heart disease can be referred to as cardiovascular disease, and also includes conditions involving narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. The good news is, many forms of heart disease can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices.

 

According to Statistics Canada, nine in 10 Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for heart disease and four in 10 have three or more risk factors. Although some risk factors are out of one’s control (family history of heart disease and age – men over 45 and women over 55 are at greater risk of developing heart disease), the following eight leading risk factors for heart disease can be controlled:

 

We hope this has informed you about the importance of keeping your cardiovascular health in check, and to choose healthy options for yourself and your loved ones.

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