Facing a critical illness

Better safe than sorry

You can’t predict the future, but there are steps you can take to improve your health and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

According to the World Health Organization, 80% of premature heart disease and stroke cases and 40% of cancers could be prevented by cutting out smoking, poor eating habits, and physical inactivity from our lives.

That’s why it’s so important to make healthy life choices—today!

Are you at risk?

Certain factors increase your risk of developing heart disease or stroke. Nine out of ten Canadians have at least one of the following risk factors:

  • diabetes
  • smoking
  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • poor diet
  • lack of physical activity
  • overweight or obese
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • stress

Wait, there’s good news

Since 1952, the death rates for heart disease and stroke have decreased by more than 75%.1 With all the medical advances and with treatments becoming more and more effective every year, the chances of surviving heart disease or stroke are higher than ever.

This is excellent news for the 1.6 million Canadians suffering from heart disease or stroke.2

Visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation External link. Opens in a new window. website and sign up for their e-newsletter or download their new mobile app. You’ll get plenty of helpful tips on how to improve your heart health.

1 Source: Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2012

2 Source: Public Health Agency of Canada, 2012