Many risk factors of heart disease are under your control


Did you know that heart disease is the second-leading cause of death in Canada?







Heart disease refers to the buildup of plaque in the heart’s arteries that could lead to a heart attack, heart failure, or death.

Physical effects of heart diseases and blood circulation conditions can include being unable to perform your usual physical activities. This means you may not be able to work or travel due to:

  • chest pain
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • shortness of breath
  • medication side effects

You can reduce your risk of heart disease by:

  • being smoke free
  • staying physically active
  • eating a healthy diet
  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • limiting alcohol use

If you have already had a heart attack or stroke, these changes can reduce the risk of having another.

To learn more, visit the Prevention of heart diseases Web page and the Heart Disease in Canada infographic.

Also, learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

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