Matters of the Heart

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


World Heart Day is September 29th.

Know the Numbers By Heart

  • The human heart beats roughly 2.5 billion times over a 70-year lifespan
  • Heart disease is the Number 1 cause of death in Canada and the United States
  • Mean develop heart disease 7 to 10 years earlier than women do
  • 1/3 of women who have had a heart attack will die within one year of the attack
  • Someone in Canada dies every 7 minutes from stroke or heart disease

Coronary Heart Disease

  • Plaque buildup narrows the arteries and clocks blood flow to the heart, leading to a heart attack
  • Coronaries kill approximately 7.2 billion people globally each year

Heart Attacks

  • When blood flow to the heart is blocked
  • Heart attacks can lead to cardiac arrest
  • A Canadian has a heart attack every 7 minutes

Cardiac Arrest

  • A sudden electrical malfuntion in the heart that can cause death in minutes
  • Up to 40,000 cardiac arrests occur in Canada each year


  • Caused by a blockage or the rupture of a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain
  • 1.9 million brain cells die each minute after a stroke

FAST Signs of a Stroke

F - Face... Is it drooping?

A - Arms... Can you raise both?

S - Speech... Is it slurred or jumbled?

T - Time... Call 9-1-1 immediately! The faster you get help, the better your chance for survival.

Signs of a Heart Attack for Men

  • You have an 'elephant' on your chest
  • Tight squeezing sensation
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Can't get enough air
  • Feel like you're going to pass out
  • Break out in a cold sweat
  • Upset stomach

Signs of a Heart Attack for Women

  • Tired for days or suddenly exhausted
  • Feel anxious and can't sleep
  • Feel like you're going to pass out
  • Upset stomach
  • Upper back, shoulder, throat or jaw pain
  • Chest pressure - may spread to your arms

Love Your Beating Heart

Nine out of Ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke.

Risk Factors

  • Smoking, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, excessive alcohol consumption

Maintain a Healthy Weight

  • Target a body mas index (BMI) of less than 25

Get Active

  • Fit 2.5 hours of moderate exercise into each week

Live a Smoke-free Life

  • Smoking doubles your risk of heart disease

Eat a Heart-healthy Diet

  • High in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fish; low in sugar and salt

Consume Less Alcohol

  • One drink a day for women, two drinks a day for men

The Beat Goes On!

Know the facts about heart disease and make sure the Beat Goes On!
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