Signs of heart attack, shared by the Heart and Stroke Foundation during Heart Month. (Image submitted)

Signs of heart attack, shared by the Heart and Stroke Foundation during Heart Month. (Image submitted)

Most Canadians face risks to their heart health

Up to 80 per cent of premature heart disease and strokes deemed preventable

Nine out of 10 people in Canada have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke, so Heart Month matters to any of us.

February is Heart Month and a time of year when the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada shares tips to prevent heart attacks and passes along the kind of information that can help save lives for people who experience or witness heart attacks.

Up to 80 per cent of premature heart disease and strokes can be prevented, says the Heart and Stroke foundation, and many of the risk factors for heart attack can be controlled through healthy lifestyle choices.

Anyone can get on the path to preventing stroke and heart attack by adopting healthy habits and behaviours. The foundation suggests people limit salt and sugar intake, make it a goal to eat between five and 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, and choose breads and cereals made from whole grains or whole grain flours.

Another preventative measure is to try to set a little time aside each day to be physically active. Try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week, or just under 30 minutes a day, the foundation suggests.

Avoiding smoking or giving it up altogether and limiting alcohol intake are also recommended. Women should limit their alcohol consumption to two drinks a day or up to 10 drinks per week, the foundation advises, while men should cap alcohol they consume at three drinks a day or a maximum of 15 drinks each week.

Stress can be another risk factor. Talk with family and friends, identify sources of stress and take time for yourself each day, says the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

READ ALSO: CPR during COVID-19: How to save someone’s life without risking your own

The importance of learning how to spot the signs of heart attack and stroke is a central message of Heart Month.

Each year, thousands of Canadians die from heart attacks because they don’t receive medical treatment quickly enough, the foundation says. The signs of a heart attack are not always the same from person to person and they may also not be sudden or severe. Some people might only experience one symptom, while others could have a combination of symptoms, which can include chest discomfort – a feeling of pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness – sweating, upper body discomfort in the neck, jaw, shoulder, arms or pessure in the upper back. Nausea, shortness of breath, light-headedness and extreme fatigue can also all be signs of the onset of a heart attack.

If you experience any of the signs of a heart attack, call 911 immediately or have someone call for you.

To learn more about how to prevent heart attacks and strokes, visit www.heartandstroke.ca.



photos@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Health

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Anyone with information is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or submitting a tip online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.
Argument about physical distancing leads to stabbing in Nanaimo

Incident happened Wednesday, suspect was arrested soon after on Gabriola Island

Submissions are open for Vancouver Island Regional Library’s new online arts and literature magazine, ‘Sea and Cedar.’ (Bulletin file photo)
Submissions sought for library’s new digital arts and literature publication

‘Sea and Cedar’ magazine an initiative of Nanaimo Harbourfront Library

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin photo)
Bear seen at Park Avenue Elementary School field in Nanaimo

Students being advised to walk in groups and avoid the bushes

A battery electric-hybrid ferry, pictured here, is expected to make its way to Vancouver Island in late 2021, says B.C. Ferries. (Submitted photo)
Hybrid ferry for Gabriola-Nanaimo route launches in shipyard in Europe

Two hybrid vessels to replace MV Quinsam by early 2022, says B.C. Ferries

Vancouver Island Symphony conductor Pierre Simard is releasing his new synthwave album ‘Plandemic’ on March 5. (Photo courtesy Olivia Simard)
Vancouver Island Symphony conductor releasing side-project EP of electronic music

Pierre Simard, recording as Plan Omega, presents ‘Plandemic’

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
NDP will not trigger election as long as pandemic continues: Singh

‘“We will vote to keep the government going’

A BC Ferries worker out of Swartz Bay has tested positive for COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Swartz Bay ferry worker confirmed to have COVID-19

Employees in direct contact with worker now isolating

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

(Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents can reserve provincial camp sites starting March 8

B.C. residents get priority access to camping reservations in province

Nanaimo’s Joanne Secord is a quarterfinalist in Inked Magazine’s Cover Model Search contest. (Janayh Wright Photography)
50-year-old Nanaimo mom hopes her tattoos will earn her a magazine cover shoot

Joanne Secord on cusp of semifinals in Inked Magazine contest

Nanaimo Courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)
Motorist sentenced to two years for dangerous driving causing death on Gabriola Island

William Goosman pleaded guilty last fall in connection with incident that killed Jay Dearman

According to a new poll, a majority of Canadians want to see illicit drugs decriminalized. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Majority of Canadians think it’s high time to decriminalize illicit drugs: poll

More than two-times the B.C. residents know someone who died from an overdose compared to rest of Canada

“Support your city” reads a piece of graffiti outside the Ministry of Finance office. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Slew of anti-bylaw graffiti ‘unacceptable’ says Victoria mayor, police

Downtown businesses, bylaw office and Ministry of Finance vandalized Wednesday morning

Most Read