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Vaping and Heart Health – How Are They Connected?

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Vaping is a relatively new phenomenon that has been deemed ‘healthier than smoking cigarettes.’ According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, users believe vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking. This, however, is starting to prove false with many stories of users falling ill and suffering from respiratory and heart issues. What is vaping? Vaping...

Menopause and Heart Disease – Are They Connected?

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As people age, their risk of heart disease increases. Women especially are susceptible to heart related diseases as they get older. According to American Heart Association, more than one in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease. After a woman has gone through menopause, their risk of heart disease increases. Menopause itself does not actually cause cardiovascular issues, however, the risk factors associated with a poor diet, smoking and...

Recovering from a Heart Attack – What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

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In Canada, heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada after cancer and the leading cause of hospitalization. The most common form of heart disease is Ischemic Heart Disease, also known as coronary heart disease. Recovering from a heart attack can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. Recovering from a heart attack...

How Air Pollution (Including Wildfire Smoke) is Affecting our Health

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With the recent wildfires burning uncontrollably in Alberta, we were all forced to inhale the thick and smoky air, making it hard to breath. Chronic exposure to wildfire smoke can have long-term health effects, especially for people with existing respiratory problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Air pollution is a big...

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Types of Defibrillators CLEAR!! When thinking of defibrillators, you probably imagine a hospital TV drama that is using the famous paddles to revive someone in cardiac arrest. The doctor shouts ‘clear’ and everyone stands back and waits for the device to work its magic. (Did you know there is actually a lot done incorrectly on...

Most Commonly Asked Questions About Heart Disease

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Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada and includes coronary heart disease, heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias), congenital heart defects and blood vessel diseases. Research suggests that approximately 2.4 million Canadians age 20 and over live with diagnosed heart disease and that every hour, about twelve Canadians age 20 and over die...
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