Canadian cardiovascular disease statistics remain grim; technology, however, making prevention easier

    World Heart Day draws attention to innovative means of prevention and
    raises awareness of cardiovascular disease

    TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - It is estimated that approximately 36% of
Canadians will die from cardiovascular disease making it Canada's leading
cause of death.(1) However, novel technology that's able to take a "picture"
of an artery in your neck and gain a snapshot of your overall cardiovascular
health, might play a key role in identifying Canadians at greater
cardiovascular risk.
    September 30th is World Heart Day, a global initiative to create
awareness of risk factors for heart disease and stroke and to promote
preventative measures. Dr. William G. Hughes, a cardiologist from the
Peterborough Regional Vascular Health Network, has adopted innovative
technology in his clinical practice to help patients detect early signs of
cardiovascular disease.
    In the past, Canadians have relied on risk scores based information such
as age, blood pressure and cholesterol, among others, to determine their level
of risk. Now, with a novel screening device utilizing b-mode ultrasound that
measures the thickness of the artery wall, a physician can correlate those
results with the early signs of cardiovascular disease.
    "We cannot overstate the importance of Canadians being screened early for
cardiovascular disease," says Dr. Hughes. "The earlier you know your risks for
developing heart disease, the more you can do to stop or slow further
progression." Dr. Hughes continues, "With more than 60% of cardiovascular
events taking place in the population of low to moderate-risk individuals,
this is an important step towards reducing Canada's leading cause of
    One of the easiest ways Canadians can learn more about how they can
manage their cardiovascular health is to visit The
website is the first integrated food and nutrition, exercise and wellness
program focusing on LDL and the Cholesterol Ratio as a total approach to
managing cholesterol. The Cholesterol Ratio is the relationship between the
total cholesterol and good cholesterol in the body and is among the best
predictors of long-term cardiovascular risk.(3) The website provides a number
of useful cardiovascular tools and information including:

    -   A risk calculator designed to help Canadians determine their personal
    -   A food journal tracking meals and counting calories
    -   An exercise journal, linked to the food journal, offering visitors a
        more complete overview of the consequences of their lifestyle choices
    -   A motivation workbook tracking goals and results
    -   A "working with your doctor" page to help shape conversations with
        your doctor and ensure you are asking appropriate questions about
        your cardiovascular health

    Other steps Canadians can take to manage their cardiovascular health

    -   Move: Whether you're running on the treadmill or vacuuming a room -
        keep your heart beat up for 30 minutes a day. Your heart will reap
        the benefits.
    -   Eat in moderation: Don't deprive yourself of your favorite foods;
        rather, prepare your favorite dishes with heart healthy
    -   Visit your doctor: Early cardiovascular screening and proactive
        conversations with your doctor about your risks are an important
        defense against serious cardiovascular disease.

    (1) Tu JV, SE Brien, CC Kennedy, L Pilote, WA Ghali. Introduction to the
        Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team's (CCORT) Canadian
        Cardiovascular Atlas project. Originally published in Can J Cardiol
        2003; 19(3): 225-229.
    (2) Raggi, P. The Use of Electron-Beam Computed Tomography as a Tool for
        Primary Prevention. American Journal of Cardiology 2001; 88(suppl):
    (3) McPherson R, Frohlich et al. Canadian Cardiovascular Society position
        statement - Recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of
        dyslipidemia and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Canadian
        Journal of Cardiology 2006; 22(11): 913-927.

For further information:

For further information: If you are interested in speaking to Dr. Hughes
about early screening, the modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease
or please contact: Vanessa Principe, Fleishman-Hillard
Canada, (416) 428-8660,; Nicholas Schulz,
Fleishman-Hillard Canada, (416) 598-5799,

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