Heart attack and stroke: Are you at risk?

Every seven minutes, someone in Canada dies from heart disease or stroke.

Here’s another way to look at how widespread cardiovascular disease is in Canada: More than 60,000 Canadians suffer their first heart attack each year. Millions more are at risk and many of them aren’t aware of the underlying issues with their heart health. They may have high cholesterol, for example – one of the critical risk factors for heart disease.

High cholesterol treatment planning: Should you talk to your doctor?

If you have high cholesterol levels, you’re not alone; in fact, nearly 40% of Canadians have cholesterol levels that put them at risk of heart disease.

High cholesterol levels are problematic because they can lead to a buildup of plaque along the inside of your arteries. Over time, this plaque accumulates and hardens which ultimately restricts blood flow through the arteries, and they can also rupture, which increases the risk of a major cardiovascular event like a heart attack or stroke.

But there are steps you can take. There are things you can do to reduce your risk of a life changing, or even fatal cardiovascular event.

Take our Heart Health Assessment and talk to your doctor about how you can manage your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Did you answer “Yes” to one or more of these questions? You may be at risk for heart disease or stroke. You can take charge of your heart health by talking to your doctor.

There are ways to manage your risk of heart attack or stroke – especially if you have already had one. Speak to your doctor and find out what can be done.

After reading this article, are you more likely to speak to your doctor about your cardiovascular health?

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