Heart disease is the leading killer of Canadians. There are some risk factors you can't change, such as family history, age, and race. However, there are many important risk factors that you can work on: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle. Whatever your age, you can work towards a healthier heart.
Getting medical help early is the key to surviving a heart attack – be familiar with and recognize heart attack symptoms.
Have you been tested for high blood pressure? If your blood pressure is above normal, you might be at increased risk for heart disease and stroke.
It takes practice and time to quit smoking, but it can be done, and it is worth the effort. Different strategies work better for different people.