Did you know…
· Heart disease is the 2nd leading cause of death in Canada.
· Heart disease is also known as cardiovascular disease (CVD) which refers to a variety of conditions that affect your heart and blood vessels.
· Factors that can increase your risk of heart disease include age, gender, genetics, and ethnicity
· Factors that can help reduce your risk of heart disease include:
- Healthy diet (Mediterranean diet), limit alcohol intake
- Quit/reduce smoking
- 30 mins/day of physical activity and stress management
- Early detection and effective management of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol is important to maintaining good heart health and preventing long-term complications.
Speak with your healthcare provider about your risk factors.
It is also important to be aware of signs of a heart attack: chest discomfort, sweating, upper body discomfort, nausea, shortness of breath and light-headiness. Call 911 if you ever experience these symptoms.
Visit: www.heartandstroke.ca to learn more about maintaining a healthy heart.
What we resist, persists.
Reflect on areas of your life, can you recognize personal patterns of holding back? Is there somewhere in them that you can learn, perhaps lean into, get to know more about? It might not be as bad/fearful as you perceive. Maybe there’s an important message, possibility even.