Heart health

Symptoms, complications, advices—everything you need to know about cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer among Canadian adults and includes a variety of illnesses that affect the heart and blood vessels. Risk factors include poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, being overweight and a family history of heart disease.

In Canada, every seven minutes someone dies from a cardiovascular disease.

Symptoms

Heart attack
  • Pain or tightness in the chest
  • Pain that radiates across the neck, jaw, shoulders, arms or back
  • Cold sweats
  • Clammy skin
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heartburn that is not relieved by antacids
  • Dizziness
  • General weakness

Complications

  • Aneurysm
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Heart failure
  • Blood clots
  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Pericarditis
  • Depression
  • Loss of libido

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Heart health

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer among Canadian adults and includes a variety of illnesses that affect the heart and blood vessels. Risk factors include poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, being overweight and a family history of heart disease.
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