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DID YOU KNOW ?? is a pilot project advocating education and prevention of heart disease through articles posted here. This monthly feature provides the public with the latest in cardiac health news. It is authored by various researchers, and the content is approved by our Medical Advisory Committee. Sources include medical journals, media articles, government publications, research data, and symposiums. The commentaries, on the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada website, are presented with the understanding that the Foundation is providing information only and not rendering medical advice.

MEDICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

  • Dr. Terry Kavanagh
  • Dr. William Dafoe
  • Dr. Marlyce Friesen
  • Dr. Paul Oh
  • Dr. Joe Ricci
  • Dr. John P. Schaman
  • Dr. Mark Smilovitch
  • Dr. Jim Stone

CONTRIBUTORS:

  • Stephanie Lunn
  • Jake Chong
  • Hibaq Gelle
  • Josie Acquisto
  • Tara McDougall
  • Alicia Walczak
  • Elisabeth Langford
  • Anthony Pacitto
  • Brian Davy
  • Sarah Karampatos
  • Kristen David

DID YOU KNOW ?? Articles:

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs Have Many Benefits?

Cardiac Rehabilitation programs have been promoted as aides in enhancing recovery following acute cardiac events while encouraging lifestyle behaviour change aimed at the secondary prevention of coronary artery disease.

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Individuals with Atrial Fibrillation are at Higher Risk for Stroke?

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a condition involving an irregular heart rhythm that is known as arrhythmia. Approximately 350,000 Canadians are living with AF.

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Influenza Can Have Deadly Consequences for Individuals with Heart Disease?

With the arrival of Autumn we experience falling temperatures, the magic of brilliant colours of leaves before they make their way to the ground and the perils of the flu season.

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That Inflammation Might be the Real Cause of Heart Attacks?

Cardiovascular Disease remains the leading cause of death throughout the Western World and the second most common cause in Canada. Despite the obsessive focus on Cholesterol levels as a major modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease death, we need to be mindful that half of all coronary events occur in persons with low levels of total cholesterol and LDL-C bad cholesterol.

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Hypertension is called a silent killer?

Hypertension or High Blood Pressure is often referred to as the silent killer because we usually do not experience any symptoms. Some individuals may however experience headaches, nausea and or bleeding.

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that a Diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure Doesn’t mean Your Heart Has Quit?

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) can be a scary and confusing diagnosis. Congestive heart failure has a number of causes including heart attacks, infections, cardiac arrhythmias, high blood pressure and even genetics.

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Exploring Dyslipidemia
(High Cholesterol) and Hypercholesterolemia Including New Treatment Methods

Atherosclerosis is a common form of heart disease in which plaques of cholesterol and other substances form in the artery walls and eventually restrict blood flow. This restriction leads to less oxygen in the blood and results in chest or shoulder pain following exercise and or excitement.

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Exploring Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Which is Largely Undiagnosed and Places Those with FH At High Risk of Death Due to Cardiovascular Disease?

Familial Hypercholesterolemia is a genetic disorder characterised by very high plasma levels of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) which increases cardiovascular risk by up to 20 times and causes early onset of cardiovascular disease. FH is the most common single gene disorder leading to cardiovascular disease.

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Diabetics Are At Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Disease? Understanding the Increased Risk of Those With Diabetes for Cardiovascular Disease

This article was written to celebrate Heart Month and was initally published in the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association newsletter. In understanding this risk our first task is to help create awareness about the necessary lifestyle changes that address the Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).

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That you Can Control your Own Intensity Level for Aerobics and Resistance Training in Contributing to a Healthy Heart?

This is the third article outlining the benefits of Aerobics and Resistance training in managing and preventing cardiovascular disease. We have explored the research that contributes to the literature on the benefits of physical exercise along with benefits of aerobic and resistance training.

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Aerobics and Resistance Training are Beneficial for Your Heart?

Aerobic activity uses your heart and lungs for a long period. It helps your heart use oxygen better and improves blood flow. Aerobic literally means `relating to, involving or requiring free oxygen` (1) and refers to the use of oxygen to adequately meet energy demands during exercise via aerobic metabolism.

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That Exercise has Enormous Benefits in Fighting Cardio Vascular Disease?

Physical inactivity is a modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease and an array of other co-morbid (meaning exists with and is independent of coronary heart disease) chronic diseases. This includes diabetes mellitus, cancer (breast and colon) obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, bone and joint disease and depression...

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Individuals with Heart Failure Can Still Benefit from Exercise?

Heart Failure is the name given to a condition in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood, oxygen and nutrients (1) and results in symptoms of fatigue or shortness of breathe ( dypsnea) on exertion and dypsnea at rest.(2) Because of the lack of oxygen in their brains, organs and muscles, patients with heart failure become tired and breathless...

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Canada does not have a Paediatric Cardiac Rehabilitation Program for Children and Adolescents?

The goal of paediatric cardiac rehabilitation programs is different than adult cardiac rehabilitation programs. The focus for adults is a comprehensive chronic disease management program designed to enhance and maintain cardiovascular health through the delivery of individualized, but integrated inter-professional care...

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Sedentary Lifestyle such as Prolonged Sitting is the New Smoking? Explore Ways That Exercise Can Improve Your Health?

The Health Benefits of Physical Activity include the Prevention of Chronic Diseases, the Promotion of Good Mental Health and Maintenance of a Healthy Weight...

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Air Pollution Can Be Dangerous For People with Heart Disease?

Millions of Canadians and Americans are at higher risk from air pollution because of heart or vascular disease (1). Despite progress in reducing environmental pollution during the past forty years, studies continue to show pollution-related adverse health impacts include: premature death, hospitalization for unstable angina (chest pains), heart attacks, heart failure and stroke among people with cardiovascular disease..

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Understanding Stroke Including celebrating World Stroke Day October 29th?

Every two seconds someone in the World has a stroke. Globally it is the second leading cause of death with someone dying from this leading cause of disability every five seconds. (1) Stroke which is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States kills 130,000 annually - that’s one in 20 people.

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About WALK OF LIFE Commonly Asked Questions?

50th Anniversary of Cardiac Health Foundation Of Canada - WALK OF LIFE 2015 - A Multi-Generational Event
Why is it called the WALK OF LIFE?
WALKING and exercise-based cardiac-rehab programs are widely recommended as part of the continuum of cardiovascular care and the reason why the WALK OF LIFE was started.

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That WALKING WITH POLES burns 20 - 46% MORE CALORIES than without poles?

VA recent article on the CTV News website discussed a study which found that “people with a glucose-tolerance problem – a driver of diabetes and cardiovascular disease – can cut the risk of heart attack or stroke by simply walking an additional 2,000 steps per day.”

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Women’s Heart Wise Exercise
programs are happening all across the GTA.

Various clubs around Toronto offer unique services for women tailored to cardiac rehabilitation, education and prevention. The expanding groups of designated sites are listed on the Cardiac Health Foundation website under Heart Wise Exercise:

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The NEW Minimum Guidelines for
Physical Activity for Children & Youth?

Statistics Canada reports only 7% of Canadian children meet the minimum requirements of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week. It is well known that physical activity improves cardiovascular health and reduces the risk for heart disease.

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DID YOU KNOW...
The Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack?

An estimated 16,000 Canadians die from heart attacks each year because they are not capable of identifying the body’s natural warning signs. It is important to take action at the first sign of a heart attack in order to reduce the chances of both heart damage and death. The following information will help you easily identify the typical warning signs/symptoms of a heart attack...

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The Difference Between
the “Bad” and the “Ugly” Fats?

Studies have shown that two unhealthy dietary fats (Saturated and Trans) affect the cardiovascular system differently. A major question that arises frequently among many Canadians when reading food labels is: What are the differences between Saturated and Trans fats? Read on to find the answer to this question...

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Women and Heart Disease: A Deadly Combination

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Canada for women over 55 years of age.

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About The Merits of Cycling?

According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines adults should be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-to vigorous intensity exercise per week

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That You Can Get a Heart Wise Exercise Program Designation?

The Heart Wise Exercise Program designation offers individuals with cardiovascular disease or at risk a safe place to exercise

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Why Sodium is so bad for the heart?

The medical profession is always telling you to cut back on your salt intake because it is bad for your health.

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FUN FACTS about Ride for Rehab

A behind the scene look at what really happened during the Ride for Rehab across Canada - Alex Holton and Vanessa Parlette’s personal reflection after their 7,260 km cycling journey.

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About our newly introduced program to the GTA called “Heart Wise Exercise”?

“One of the barriers that prevent people from exercising is an uninviting environment. Our intention is to give people the opportunity to exercise in an ideal and safe setting, that is designated as a “Heart Wise Exercise” program,” says Paul Sawyer, the new “Heart Wise Exercise” facilitator for the GTA.

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Each Colour Of Food Has Specific Nutrients Associated With It?

Almost 25% of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 34 don't eat any fruits or vegetables on a daily basis, according to a study conducted for the Dietitians of Canada. Adding different fruits and vegetables to your meals and snacks is a good way to ensure you get your 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which is the recommended daily intake from The Canadian Food Guide. Do you know what the different colours of food mean?

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Blood Clots and Associated Risk Factors?

Have you ever sustained an injury to your leg and gone to the doctor only to be told that you have nothing to worry about? Have you ever spent several hours traveling without standing up and moving around? Have you ever been ordered on bed rest by a doctor but not told of the danger of staying in bed for more then a few days without exercising your legs? Do you have atherosclerosis or a blood disorder? These are all risk factors for developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

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About Obese Children and Atherosclerosis?

  • 42 million children worldwide are overweight or obese
  • Obese children are likely to become obese adults
  • Being overweight during childhood is associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease in adulthood

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About Menopause and Heart Disease Rick Factors?

Did you know that more women die from cardiovascular disease annually compared to men?

There is a common misconception that men are more at risk for cardiac events. However, statistics show that cardiovascular disease is more prevalent in females**. Differences in male and female hormone levels explain why incidence of cardiovascular disease occurs in men at earlier ages compared to women.

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About Cardiac Health Nutrition? Understanding Cardiac Health Nutrition

Whether you are trying to prevent a cardiac event, or are recovering from one, there are three very important aspects of your diet that you should consider.

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Canada has new Physical Activity Recommendations?

The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) just released new exercise recommendations after 3 years of research analysis. The research reviewed the current recommendations and its plausibility for preventing chronic disease, morbidity and mortality. The findings of this research, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, were published in May 2010.

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About all the Mall Walking Programs in the GTA? Exploring the Mall Walking Programs in the GTA as a Way to Improve Cardiovascular Health

Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle through walking? As we approach cooler weather in the upcoming winter months, consider a MALL WALKING program. It's a free, indoor, year-round option for physical activity!

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