HEART HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
February is Heart Month!
Give the Gift of Your Health
February is heart month, and there’s no better Valentine’s gift than the gift of your health!
Cardiovascular research and knowledge has grown so much in the past few decades, which means we know more than ever how to keep our hearts healthy. If you value your heart as much as we do, here are a few ways to get involved this February:
Learn About Your Heart
Did you know your family history can double your risk of heart disease? It’s important to learn your risk and take steps to keep yourself healthy.
The Heart & Stroke Foundation offers a free risk assessment, where you can learn about your personal risks and set goals go keep your heart strong.
Learn the Signs
of a Stroke
Understanding the signs of a stroke can save your life. If you’re experiencing:
- A drooping face;
- Slurred or jumbled speech; or
- Difficulty raising both your arms
…then it’s important to call 9-1-1 right away. Acting quickly is important, and driving yourself to the hospital is dangerous.
You can also support organizations that do important research on cardiovascular care, such as the Heart & Stroke Foundation and The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, which includes the Women’s Heart Health Initiative.
Both these organizations share tools and resources, so you can stay educated and involved on everything that has to do with heart health.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Canadian men and women (even more than cancer)
- 8 in 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented
- Lifestyle choices have a huge impact on your heart health
Learn more by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.