ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE:

Heavy drinking and binge drinking are risk factors for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Alcohol may also cause problems by interacting with your medications.

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WOMEN SHARE UNIQUE RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE AND STROKE

During a woman's reproductive life cycle, from about age 12 to 50, the naturally occurring hormone, estrogen, provides a protective effect on women's heart health. However, estrogen's protective effect can change depending on a variety of factors and conditions.

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DID YOU KNOW THAT STRESS MAKES YOUR HEART WORK HARDER? TAKE STRESS OUT OF YOUR LIFE WITH THESE HELPFUL STRESS MANAGEMENT TIPS:

Stress can cause the heart to work harder, increase blood pressure and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART HEALTH. LEARN EASY WAYS TO INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR DAY

Physical activity can be a lifesaver – literally. It is one of the best things women can do for their health. Physical activity can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

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SMOKING CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE. HERE’S HOW:

Smoking (or tobacco use) is the #1 cause of preventable death in Canada, causing 37,000 deaths annually. Becoming tobacco-free has huge health benefits – for you as well as those around you. When we talk about smoking, we mean tobacco misuse. There are many forms of tobacco that are harmful to your health.

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SIMPLE TIPS FOR A HEALTHY WEIGHT

Being overweight can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and sleep apnea. Even a small weight loss will help. Managing your weight doesn't have to mean altering your life dramatically. Take small steps, aim modestly and realistically, and then build from there. A small, steady weight loss of ½ to 1 Kg (one or two pounds) a week is much easier to attain and healthier for your heart than a larger drop. Research also shows that you'll be much more likely to keep it off.

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Healthy Eating Basics

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. In fact, up to 80 per cent of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your life choices and habits, such as eating a healthy diet and being physically active.

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