Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Canadians. Cardiovascular disease accounts for the death of more Canadians than any other disease. Each day more than 205 Canadians die from cardiovascular disease, an average of one death every 7 minutes.
And, contrary to popular belief, men aren’t the only ones at risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Most women think their greatest health risk is breast cancer. Most people don’t realize more women die from cardiovascular disease than from breast cancer in Canada. Over 30% of all female deaths are due to cardiovascular disease.
Eight in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and 11% have three risk factors or more. Of the various types, coronary heart disease, the disease causing heart attacks, causes the most deaths. Cardiovascular diseases costs the Canadian economy over $18 billion a year. In the 20 minutes or so it takes you to read this kit, more than four Canadians will have a heart attack.
Although common among seniors, coronary heart disease is not a disease that affects only the elderly. Many of the people with coronary heart disease are in their most productive, middle-aged years. Five percent of all heart attacks occur in people under the age of 40, and 45 percent occur in those younger than 65.
These statistics are alarming. Fortunately, we know a lot about coronary heart disease. In this kit you will:
Step 1. Learn how the heart works
Step 2. Know how coronary heart disease develops
Step 3. Recognize symptoms of coronary heart disease
Step 4. Know how coronary heart disease is diagnosed, treated, and even reversed