February is Heart Month

We all need to look after our heart. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in Canada. Heart disease is the cause of death for 22% of men and 19% of women. Statistics indicate that one out of every four Canadians has some form of cardiovascular disease.

There are a few ways we can help prevent the devastating effects of cardiovascular disease. We can control our blood pressure, control our cholesterol levels and make wise lifestyle choices. These include not smoking, controlling our weight, getting enough exercise, avoiding too much alcohol and controlling stress.

People who smoke have higher rates of heart disease than those who don’t smoke. In fact, rates of heart disease in smokers are 70% higher than in non-smokers. Fifty-five Canadians die of heart attacks each day because they smoke cigarettes. Smoking is one of the risk factors that we can control (although for many people this is quite difficult). It is important all smokers realize they are putting themselves at risk. If you are ready to quit, please speak with your Rxellence pharmacist. We have a program designed to increase your chances of quitting successfully. Ask us for help when you are ready.

There are many steps we can follow that will reduce our chances of developing and dying from heart disease. Regular check-ups with your doctor and learning how to control “risk factors” are just a few important steps. Check with your Rxellence pharmacist to see if you are controlling your risk factors properly. We want to make sure you have a long and healthy life ahead of you.