Heart Disease

Man Impatient With Transplant Wait Fixes His Own Heart

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Impact

Ever since Garwin Cockhead endured a heart attack two years ago, he has been defying the odds, strengthening his heart to the point where he no longer...

Why Mental Illness Is As Serious As This Life-Threatening Disease

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

If a person is suffering from something that you don't understand, it doesn't mean that their suffering is invalid. A person can't judge the anxieties of another person based on the scope of their own experience. Each human being is an individual, so take the time to inform yourself.

Fight Obesity With Education

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

With growing wealth in many developing countries around the world, diet and lifestyle changes are showing dramatic increases in obesity and related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But more than rising standards of living, lack of education seems to contribute to these dismal trends.

Can People Control Obesity?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

As a dietitian and health counselor, I have no problem with declaring obesity a disease, especially considering the complexity of potential causes, some of which are indeed beyond an individual's control. Having said that, I also believe that the only appropriate response to illness is to make every effort to overcome it as quickly possible.

7 Heart Healthy Tests That Can Save Your Life

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Currently, one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke (approximately 2,500 deaths per day). It is time for a functional medicine approach to treat and prevent heart disease. Here are my seven heart tests that can save your life.

Why I Measure My Health

Brian Campkin | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Brian Campkin

I was on the tennis court when it happened -- the shortness of breath that really put the fear of dying into me. I was scared and I did not know what was wrong with me. Luckily, I managed to walk off of the tennis court and make it to my doctor. I needed an emergency triple bypass surgery.

Rehtaeh Lives On Through Organ Donation

Glen Canning | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Living
Glen Canning

Rehtaeh Parsons will live on in the lives of others thanks to the organ donations made after her death. I received a letter from an organ recipient. This unnamed person found out this year they needed a new heart. Their family and friends were scared because they almost died. Then the words hit me, the recipient is "only 17 years old." Rehtaeh's age.

Gardening Can Be Good For Your Heart

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living

Mowing the lawn or washing the car are among simple activities that can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by almost 30 per cent in people over...

SPOILER ALERT: Air Pollution is bad for you.

Philip Plante-Ajah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Philip Plante-Ajah

I do not think society has been as intentionally naïve with the effects of first and second hand smoke as it has been with air pollution. Municipalities are making it much harder to smoke on outdoor patios as well. Needless to say, smokers do not attempt to minimize the effects of smoking, nor are tobacco manufacturers able to market their products freely.

Five Things You Should Know About Probiotics

Jane Dummer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

What is your gut instinct telling you about probiotics? Do you need more information? You're not alone. Over the past decade, dietitians and gastroenterologists have been discovering exciting new findings about probiotics, the gut and health. Here are my top five facts that will help you understand probiotics.

What Women Need to Know About Heart Attacks

Marilyn Linton | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Not only does someone die every seven minutes in Canada from heart disease or stroke, but these are also equal opportunity killers. What's scary is that the death rate from cardiovascular disease in women is on the rise.

The Power Of Petting

CBC | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada Living

Pet owners may enjoy health benefits such as lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels from walking a dog or stroking a cat, cardiologists say. ...

Why a 91-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Took to the Catwalk

Bobbe Wood | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Style
Bobbe Wood

The Red Dress is the official symbol of The Heart Truth campaign. It symbolizes strength and confidence, and represents women's courage, passion and their power for change. By making incremental changes, women can reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 80 per cent.

Mummy Study Reveals Surprising Insight Into Heart Disease

The Associated Press | Maria Cheng | Posted 05.10.2013 | Canada Living

LONDON - Even without modern-day temptations like fast food or cigarettes, people had clogged arteries some 4,000 years ago, according to the biggest-...

Reducing Salt Intake Could Put Years on Your Life

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Less salt in our food supply could save at least half a million Americans from dying prematurely over the next ten years, according to separate studie...

5 Fishy Ways To Boost Heart Health

TheSkiny.com | Helen Vong | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Living

By Helen Vong for TheSkiny.com Now that Valentine’s Day is over, show your heart some love by eating a salmon meal this weekend. With February be...

I Don't Buy What Dr. Oz Is Trying to Sell

Michael Kruse | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Living
Michael Kruse

Dr. Oz, "America's Doctor," burns my biscuits. Recently, he and homeopath Bryce Wylde offered up what they consider to be the next revolutionary anti-aging super-food: red palm fruit oil. Red palm oil does look like a promising dietary supplement, but the miraculous anti-aging promises by Oz and Wylde never materialize in the data. We just don't have the evidence yet.

Canadian App Helps Heart Health

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Alberta's doctors and pharmacists now have a new mobile phone application to help them better manage medications for patients with heart fai...

Job Loss Could Affect Your Health In This Very Serious Way

CP | Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Living

CHICAGO - Unemployment hurts more than your wallet — it may damage your heart. That's according to a study linking joblessness with heart attacks in...

Children's Heart Disease No Longer A Death Sentence

CBC | Posted 11.24.2012 | Canada Living

One of the world's longest living heart transplant recipients says heart disease is no longer a death sentence. Speaking to teens that ha...

Can Nature Keep Medical Costs Down?

David Suzuki | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

It's easier, more effective, and cheaper to let healthy bodies fight off disease and infections than to weaken those defence mechanisms and then compensate for them medically. If we want a stable health system, we must put more resources into reducing pollution and environmental degradation and creating a way of life that keeps bodies and minds happy and in good health.

Study Looks At Global Risk Factors For Heart Disease

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.25.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new Canadian study is shedding light on what its authors call "the causes of the causes" of heart disease around the globe.The risk factor...

Heart Failure Rates Drop In Ontario, But This Group Is Still At Risk

CP | Gustavo Vieira, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A study that looked at the number of new cases of heart failures in Ontario over a decade suggests the rates of incidence have dropped signi...

Heart Failure Rates Drop Dramatically In Ontario

CBC | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada Living

Canadian researchers who studied the number of Ontario residents diagnosed with heart failure over a decade conclude that incidence rates declined dra...

Our Stealthy Weapon Against China: Junk Food

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.09.2012 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

A growing preference for Western-style fast food in Asian and Southeast Asian countries already shows an impact on their populations' health, and not in a good way, according a newly released study. During the study's 16-year follow-up period, 2,252 participants developed diabetes and 1,397 died of heart attacks or heart-related diseases.