Each year, February marks Canada’s national Hearth Month. In Canada, cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death. Though many Canadians are affected by heart disease, there are ways for those who are afflicted to improve cardiovascular health, and ways for others to help prevent later onset.
Though heart disease may occur even in healthy individuals, who are not necessarily predisposed to medical conditions, certain activities and lifestyle choices can help increase both heart and overall health, including:
- Eating a healthy and balanced diet, rich in vegetables
- A healthy level of activity, suited for your own mobility and ability levels, whether that be running, walking, hiking, Pilates or other activities
- Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke, and consume alcohol only in moderation
- Educate yourself and those around you to recognize the symptoms of heart attacks and strokes – Early intervention is important for recovery
- Reduce stress where possible, as research has shown that chronic stress can have a negative impact on both your overall and heart health
- Get involved with local events and fundraisers to help raise awareness and funds for cardiovascular health in your community, province, and country.
Heart & Stroke Canada’s website has information, stories, and event listings to help inform Canadians on what’s going on in the world of cardiovascular health.