Article posted on February 1, 2024

February is Heart Month

 

February is Heart Month, a time dedicated to increasing awareness about cardiovascular health and the importance of maintaining a healthy heart.

 

Heart disease affects over 2.6 million Canadian adults and is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, second only to cancer.

 

We can all help reduce our risk of heart disease by making healthier lifestyle changes including; eating a healthy and balanced diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, managing stress, limiting alcohol intake, and monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

 

 

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has just released the new 2024 Cardiac Arrest Report.

 

"When someone goes into cardiac arrest only fast action will save their life. Immediate CPR keeps the blood pumping to keep the brain and other vital organs alive. An automated external defibrillator (AED) will shock the heart to help it restart.

 

Cardiac arrest is often referred to as an “electrical” problem in the heart. It is as if a breaker switch has been turned off; the heart’s electrical system stops working and is no longer able to pump blood to the brain and other vital organs. A person experiencing cardiac arrest will collapse and be unresponsive, they may not be breathing normally or only making gasping sounds or not breathing at all. Call 9-1-1, shout for an AED, and start CPR immediately.

 

Cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack. Although a heart attack can lead to cardiac arrest, it is more like a “plumbing” problem in the heart. Blood flow to the heart muscle is slowed or blocked, but the heart keeps pumping blood to the rest of the body. A person having a heart attack is often still conscious, although usually in discomfort and in need of medical attention. Call 9-1-1 immediately."

 

According to analysis of new data, the Heart and Stroke Foundation states that the number of cardiac arrests occurring outside of the hospital setting has significantly increased to approximately 60,000 in Canada each year. 

 

Learn more about heart disease at the Heart and Stroke Canada: Heart Disease Website.

 

 

The Government of Canada encourages us to learn more about the risk factors for heart disease.

Heart Disease in Canada Poster

 

 

There is information available online to support healthier meal choices at Canada's Food Guide and

also some tips on physical activity.

 

 

 

Alberta Health Services has resources to help promote healthy living at:

Alberta Health Services: Prescriptions for Health Living Website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: Thursday, February 01, 2024


Calgary, Alberta, Canada