There is an urgent crisis in our midst. Across the country, millions of people are at risk of heart attack or stroke due to high cholesterol. You may not think that high cholesterol is a big deal, but consider this: Every seven minutes, someone in Canada dies from heart disease or stroke. In fact, over 60,000 Canadians will suffer their first heart attack this year. One of the critical risk factors? High cholesterol.
That first heart attack or stroke can be a warning sign that a person’s cholesterol is a problem.
Are you at risk?
If you are, 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 your arteries. Over time, this plaque accumulates and hardens which ultimately restricts blood flow through the arteries, 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.
Respond to the statements below, and talk to your doctor about your responses.
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.