Published in: The Times Colonist – February 2012
Written by: Dr. Marita Schauch BSc. ND
Heart Disease and Stroke are two of the three leading causes of death in Canada. In 2008 (the latest year available from Statistics Canada), cardiovascular disease accounted for 29% of all deaths in Canada – more than 69,500 people. Heart disease and stroke come with a hefty price tag as well, both cost the Canadian economy more than $20.9 billion every year in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages and decreased productivity.
Cardiovascular disease is defined as a disease and injury of the cardiovascular system: the heart, the blood vessels of the heart, and the system of blood vessels (veins and arteries) throughout the body and within the brain.
Stroke is the result of a blood flow problem in the brain.