An estimated 1.6M Canadians are living with heart disease and stroke. Each year, an estimated 45,000 cardiac arrests occur in Canada.
Heart disease is a general term that really just means that your heart is not working properly. Sometimes, people are born with heart disease, while other people develop it as they age. It happens for many reasons; most types of heart disease can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle (healthy eating, physical activity, avoiding tobacco misuse). Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented but we’ve got some work to do:
- 55% of Canadian children aged 12-19 do not eat at least five servings (minimum recommended) of fruits and vegetables daily.
- Fewer than 1 in 10 children aged 2-17 are active enough to meet Canadian physical activities guidelines.
- 60% of adults age 19+ do not eat the minimum recommended seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
- Only 15% of adults are accumulating the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity exercise per week.
This February, we’re launching a Heart Health social media campaign to connect residents with the self-care information and health care resources they need to support a heart healthy lifestyle.
To learn more, please follow us on Twitter @WW_LHIN and visit the Canadian Heart and Stroke website: www.heartandstroke.ca
*Information and statistics adapted from the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.