It is the 2nd leading cause of death in Canada.
Also known as ischemic heart disease or coronary heart disease, heart disease refers to the buildup of plaque in the heart's arteries that could lead to a heart attack, heart failure, or death.
2012/13 data from the Public Health Agency of Canada's Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS) indicate that:
About 1 in 12 (or 2.4 million) Canadian adults age 20 and over live with diagnosed heart disease; Every hour, about 12 Canadian adults age 20 and over with diagnosed heart disease die.
The death rate is:
3 times higher among adults age 20 and over with diagnosed heart disease compared to those without; 4 times higher among adults age 20 and over who have had a heart attack compared to those who have not;6 times higher among adults age 40 and over with diagnosed heart failure compared to those without.
Heart disease affects men and women differently
Men are 2 times more likely to suffer a heart attack than women. Men are newly diagnosed with heart disease about 10 years younger than women (55-64 vs 65-74 years of age).
The good news is that from 2000/01 to 2012/13:
The number of Canadian adults newly diagnosed with heart disease declined from 221,800 to 158,700.The death rate, or the number of deaths per 1,000 individuals with a known heart disease, has decreased by 23%.
Reduce your risk of heart disease by:
being smoke freestaying physically activeeating a healthy dietmaintaining a healthy weightlimiting alcohol use
Did you know?
The early detection and management of medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol can help you reduce your risk of heart disease.