Cardiovascular or heart disease is the number one cause of fatalities. A report from The Heart and Stroke Foundation reveals that Canadians are aware of healthy life style, but are not necessarily practicing it. The report revealed that 90% of Canadians have one or other risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Keeping it in perspective, in spite of the fact that most of Canadians are well educated in health risk associated with heart diseases, still they are susceptible to heart disease. Where does it leave us on the awareness and prevention of heart disease route?
Heart and Stroke Foundation conducted a poll of 2,000 adults in December 2010 and found that most of Canadians are overestimating our own healthy behaviors. For example, the poll found that nearly 90 per cent of respondents rate themselves as healthy, but in reality, nine out of 10 of us have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Those risk factors include:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- being overweight
- excessive alcohol consumption
- physical inactivity
Canadians were asked about the physical activity and consumption of veggie and fruits, 33% said thought they were not physically fit or eat adequate fruits or veggies. But the reality is 48% of Canadian’s fail to meet these criteria.
So, where is the disconnect?
Dr. Beth Abramson, a...
cardiologist and spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation said that “Canadians seem to know what to do to live long lives, there’s a disconnect between what we think we are doing to and the reality.”
The Heart and Stroke Foundation launched The My Heart&Stroke Health App. The app gives tailored action plans for healthier living and is intended to help Canadians get back on track with healthy lifestyles.
It is important that you know the risk associated with heart disease and take proper actions to address them.