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Canada's heart attack death rates declined rapidly after 1994

Posted Jun 01 2009 12:00am

I have written so many articles now that I could almost start a blog on heart health by itself. The latest article I came across was on the CBC website, and it was actually really good news for us here North of the Border.

According to the article, Deaths and hospital admissions from cardiovascular disease dropped almost 30 per cent in the decade after 1994, but slightly more women than men were dying from cardiovascular causes, Canadian researchers say.

With an aging population and a public health care system, this is indeed good news. 4,000 fewer Canadians died from a heart attack in 2004 than did so in 1994. However, and there seems to always be a however, there continues to be an outstanding need to tackle obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

The article noted that the increase in obesity and diabetes are risk factors that could push the number of cardiac deaths in Canada back up.

So for everyone exercising and following a healthy lifestyle, Thanks for skewing the stats in the right direction, and for everyone else, get off your butts and get on your bikes and ride.

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