Risk and prevention
Prevention is key
Prevention starts with knowing your risk. Nine in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Almost 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through healthy behaviours. That means that habits like eating healthy, being active and living smoke free, have a big impact on your health.
Excessive alcohol & drug abuse
Learn about women’s unique risk factors
Your risk of heart disease and stroke increases after menopause...
The older you are, the higher your risk of heart disease.
Family and Medical History
If you have a close relative who has experienced heart disease at an early age, you are at an increased risk.
South Asian & African heritage
People of African or South Asian heritage are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes or other risk factors.
First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes. This puts them at greater risk of heart disease.
Personal circumstances and environmental factors have an influence on your health. This includes things such as access to healthy food, safe drinking water, health services and social services
Worried about your risk?
Learn your risk and how to lower it
Eating lots of veggies, cooking at home, limiting processed foods...these are all habits that protect your health. Explore recipes, tips and more.
More on healthy eating
Move more. Walk, rake leaves, play a sport. Find ways to be active in your daily life. Get ideas and tips from the experts.
More on staying active
Know your stressors and get expert strategies to manage them effectively.
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Learn the lifelong habits to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
More on healthy weight
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