Heart disease is the leading killer of Canadians. There are some risk factors
you can't change, such as family history, age, and race. However, there are
many important risk factors that you can work on: high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle. Whatever your age, you can
work towards a healthier heart.
Heart attack: Know the symptoms
Getting medical help early is the key to surviving a heart attack – be familiar with and recognize heart attack symptoms.
Putting the cuffs on hypertension
Have you been tested for high blood pressure? If your blood pressure is above normal, you might be at increased risk for heart disease and stroke.
Stop smoking. Breathe easy.
It takes practice and time to quit smoking, but it can be done, and it is worth the effort. Different strategies work better for different people.
The skinny on cholesterol
Cholesterol is essential for good health, but high levels of bad cholesterol and low levels of good cholesterol mean you could be at risk of heart disease.