Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Canadians in denial about cardiac health, study finds
A national poll by the Heart and Stroke Foundation has found too many Canadians are in denial about their own risk factors. The poll indicates about 90% of Canadians know what they need to do to live healthier lives, and the same percentage of Canadians also believe that they are healthy. But that contradicts the fact that 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease, the organization said in its annual Report on Canadians' Health. "Canadians know what to do to live healthier, longer lives. But there's a huge disconnect between what we think we are doing to address our risk factors and reality," said Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson Dr. Beth Abramson in a media release. "The fact is that we're not managing some of the most common and deadly cardiovascular risk factors as well as we think we are. We Canadians are living with a false sense of security that could be fatal."