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2019 Canada Food Guide

Make it a habit to eat a variety of healthy foods each day. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants more often.

○ Choose foods with healthy fats instead of saturated fat.

Limit highly processed foods. If you choose these foods, eat them less often and in small amounts.

○ Prepare meals and snacks using ingredients that have little to no added sodium, sugars, or saturated fat.

○ Choose healthier menu options when eating out.

○ Make water your choice of drink - replace sugary drinks with water

Use food labels and be aware that food marketing can influence your choices.

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Heart Failure

This easy to follow module is designed to help individuals and their family members learn more about heart failure. It provides information about what heart failure is, what you may expect living with heart failure and tips you can consider to help you better manage. There is also a section with other useful website resources and information about local services.

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- It's about life, not failure. HeartLife Foundation;

Improving Mental Health

Mental health is not only the avoidance of serious mental illness. Your mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships. In this section you will find resources to help you stay mentally fit and healthy.

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CSBC Atrial Fibrillation Brochure

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What is SCAD?

SCAD, spontaneous coronary artery dissection, is defined as a tear in the coronary arterial wall that is not related to trauma or medical instrumentation. This spontaneous tear can occur from a disruption of the innermost lining of the arterial wall, causing blood to rush in from the lumen (center channel of the artery) into the arterial wall. Alternatively, separation of the arterial walls can occur from bleeding due to spontaneous rupture of small vessels that feed the arterial wall. The buildup of blood inside the arterial wall compresses the lumen, blocking blood flow to the heart.

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Local Cardiologist Educational Videos

Dr. Frank Halperin, MD, FRCPC, FACC, Cardiologist; What is Atrial Fibrillation?
Dr. Stephen Fort, MD, MBChB, FRCSC, Cardiologist: What is AF and treatment options
Dr. Guy Fradet, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Cardiothoracic Surgeon:       CABG - Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
Pamela Luehr, BSN, CCNC, Cardiovascular Nurse:  Fluid Moderation for Heart Failure Patients

 Dr. Kevin Pistawka, MD, FRCSC, Cardiologist:                             Heart Attack vs. Sudden Death

                                                                                                        What is a defibrilator?

                                                                                                        What is a pacemaker?

                                                                                                        What is Cardiac Resynchronization?

                                                                                                        Warfarin and New Alternatives

                                                                                                        Beta Blockers, Ace Inhibitors, and Diuretics


23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

A Doctor-Professor answers the old question "What is the single best thing we can do for our health" in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital.

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Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance 

What are congenital heart defects?

A congenital heart defect (CHD) is a structural problem (or defect) in the heart that is present at birth. They were once considered a childhood disease, when the life expectancy was limited to a few weeks, months, and in a few cases, several years.

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South Asian Network Supporting Awareness and Research

Individuals of South Asian origin (from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan) face a higher burden of heart disease and diabetes compared to other ethnic groups:
  • South Asians have twice the risk for developing coronary artery disease (CAD) compared to Caucasians.
  • They also face 40% higher mortality due to CAD than white Caucasians.
  • 50% of all heart attacks in Indian men occur under 50 years of age, and 25% of all heart attacks happen under 40 years of age. This is 10-15 years earlier than people from other parts of the world.
  • India accounts for approximately 60% of the world's heart disease burden, even though it holds less than 20% of the world's population.
This is where SANSAR, the South Asian Network Supporting Awareness and Research, comes in. SANSAR has been working with the South Asian community since 2009 to promote cardiovascular health through education, community awareness and research.
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