Heart Disease is one of the leading causes of death and disability in North America
Heart disease is a narrowing of some of the arteries that come into and out of the heart. It can be caused by many things including lifestyle and genetic factors.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has staggering statistics about heart disease.
Did you know…
The 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes could have been prevented through healthy lifestyle choices?
9 out of 10 Canadian adults have one or more risk factors for heart disease?
60% of Canadian adults are considered overweight or obese?
Heart Disease is Preventable
Through lots of research into the area, we are starting to see that the choices we make every day can seriously affect the health of our heart. In this podcast, we go through each one in detail with some of the mechanisms behind why that is true. I break them down into directly actionable.. and consequence risk factors.
The risk factors we have direct control over include
- Unhealthy diet
- Not enough exercise
- Being overweight
- Too much alcohol
Other risk factors that tie into these lifestyle factors are
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Things outside of our control
- Our genetics (you can thank your parents for that one)
Each of these factors influence if the atherosclerotic plaques develop in our arteries and at what speed. Working on reducing some of these risk factors can have huge benefits and not only for the heart.
All of these factors are the focus of cardiac rehabilitation programs for people after they have had a heart attack or cardiac surgery. We talk about why it is so important to eat well and exercise after a heart attack. But why not before?!
PREVENTION is the key
Enjoy the podcast and as always if you have any more questions, shoot us an email!
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