80% of women’s heart disease is preventable. Let’s stop it from killing the women we love.
What Women Can Do
You have he power to to live a long, healthy and happy life. So don’t wait – just do it. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of those you love, enjoy your career or retirement.
The best way to prevent heart disease is to know your own risks and make choices that promote your own health. Some women believe that doing just one healthy thing will take care of all of their heart disease risk. For example, they may think that if they are fit, walk or swim regularly, they are not at risk. Wrong! To protect your heart, it is vital to make changes that address each risk factor you have. You can make the changes gradually, one at a time – but making them is very important. You can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by as much as 80 per cent – while improving your overall quality of life.
3 Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease:
- Step 1 – Team up with your doctor; know your risks and #getHeartChecked.
- Step 2 – Monitor your Risk Numbers – Control blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce blood sugar and maintain a healthy weight.
- Step 3 – Live Heart Healthy – eat a health diet, exercise 30 minutes a day, and quit smoking.
Get started today!
- Print or save the For Her Heart’s Sake Signs, Symptoms and Survival Guides to your phone.
- Read more info on living heart healthy – best foods, best exercises and more.
- Sign up for e-mail updates.
Your Benefits & Rewards
- Live longer; have time for the people and things you enjoy!
- Control your stress, reduce anxiety and depression
- Increase mental alertness and health
- Sleep better
- Improve body image, and feel better about yourself
- Boost your self-esteem and confidence
- Meet new people and have fun
What Men Can Do
Every man’s life is touched by so many important women: mothers, sisters, wives, partners, daughters and friends. They lead busy lives, often with competing home, career and community responsibilities – and their own care if often an after thought! Too many of these women will develop heart disease. When their lives are taken prematurely or disabled from heart disease, the cost to families, workplaces and communities is devastating.
Men need to make women’s heart disease a priority too. Women tend to ignore their risk of heart disease and stroke, and do not seek medical attention as quickly as they should.
You can help prevent this:
- Ensure they #GetHeartChecked – make time for them to talk to their doctors.
- Encourage them to learn about their own risk, signs and symptoms, and know them yourself.
- Support them in making healthy lifestyle changes, and ensure survivors attend Cardiac Rehab programs.
- Talk about how you can help out and/or share household, childcare and other responsibilities.
- Learn more about women’s heart disease and join the fight.
What Employers Can Do
Women are 50% of the workforce and a critical talent pool. A significant number of women die from heart disease, but more will live with it in a state of ‘expanded mortality’ or poor quality of life. Left untreated, damage to the heart over time causes women to experience chronic pain and other disabilities that make it hard to work or perform every day activities. This means more absences, more disability, decreased productivity, morale and innovation, and higher premiums for health benefits.
Employers should be an active part of the solution, developing and delivering employee health and wellness programs to help female (and male) employees prevent or slow the illness, and lead healthier lives at home and at work. This may include onsite medical screening or fitness programs; educational and skills based workshops on topics like heart disease, nutrition, weight management, how to quit smoking and so on. And look for ways to reduce workplace stress. The research is clear – Your investment in these and other preventative measures will pay off big time. Healthier employees, meaning less work-related illnesses and costs.
What We Can All Do
Women’s heart disease is a health care problem of epidemic proportions. In addition to the personal costs experienced by families and communities, heart disease costs the Canadian economy more than $22 billion every year in physician services, emergency room visits and hospitalizations, lost wages and decreased productivity.
Together, we can and must change this!
Women’s heart disease requires our immediate support. It is urgent that we prevent it. It is urgent that we recognize and treat it. Urgent that we provide the care that women need to live healthier and longer lives. Families, friends, employers, governments – all of us – must be part of the fight against women’s heart disease.
You are here, so you know how important it is to drive awareness.
- Add your name to the list – become a life-saver and help us amplify our message. Together we can build a movement that drives awareness, policy, research, education, treatment and care.
- Join the Conversation – and share our messages with those that you love and prevent the rise of women’s heart disease.
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