More Canadians are now surviving heart attacks and strokes.
Now more than ever before Canadians have a better chance of surviving a heart attack or stroke. The death rate has decreased 75% over the last 60 years which means that 80-90% of those who experience a heart attack or stroke, who make it to the hospital, will survive.
Key behaviours to help prevent the risk of heart attack and stroke include eating a healthy diet, being physically active, not smoking, limiting alcohol and managing stress. Seven out of ten survivors have made these changes, but they are not always easy to implement. The support of family and friends is critical, and rehabilitation is also very important but often overlooked.
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