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Heart-smart tips for a healthy ticker

(NC) Over the last 60 years the death rate from heart disease and stroke has declined by more than 75 per cent, and now the vast majority of Canadians who have a heart attack, or stroke, will survive.

The even better news is that up to 80 per cent of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented. There are healthy behaviours all Canadians can adopt that can help to prevent a heart attack or stroke in the first place and can help survivors avoid another incident.

The following tips can help all Canadians make health last:

Eat a healthy diet. Follow the recommendations in Canada's Food Guide, including eating between five and 10 servings of vegetables and fruit each day.

Be physically active. Try to get 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week – that's less than half an hour a day.

Be smoke free.

Manage stress. Identify the source of your stress, talk to friends and family, and take time for yourself.

Limit alcohol consumption. Women should limit themselves to no more than two drinks a day, to a weekly maximum of 10, and men to three drinks a day, to a weekly maximum of 15.

For more tips on healthy living or to make a donation, visit

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