January 27, 2023
Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada, affecting approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults. According to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, nine in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Risk factors include gender, age, race, family history, and lifestyle (unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, unhealthy weight, smoking, stress, excessive alcohol and drug use).
High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease. High blood pressure is when the blood pressure in your arteries rises, and your heart must work harder than normal to pump blood through the blood vessels.
High blood cholesterol is another major risk factor for coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Cholesterol is a fat found in the blood that is naturally made by your body. As your blood cholesterol rises (through a diet of highly processed foods that are usually high in calories, salt, and sugar), so does your risk of coronary heart diseases.
The good news is that you can take steps to prevent premature heart disease and stroke. By making small, incremental changes, you’ll be making a big difference to your overall health. The key is to not set your goals too high. Instead of wanting to lose 50 pounds, set yourself realistic and attainable goals, say 10 pounds. After you lose the first 10 pounds, go onto the next 10.
Even thinking about taking that first step to better health can seem daunting and overwhelming but know that Well and Truly RX is here you. From our initial consultation with you, to developing a treatment plan and monitoring your progress, our team of professionals will be by your side every step of the way. We’ll work alongside your family doctor, ensuring you receive the best care possible, so you can achieve your health goals. It’s a team effort all around.
Sources: Heart & Stroke Foundation Canada, Health Canada
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