Tips to Help Prevent a Heart Attack and Stroke
Did you know that 8 in 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke are preventable with healthy lifestyle behaviours?1 Take some time to address your habits and make lifestyle changes to improve your heart health and prevent the risks of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Watch What You Eat
Diet is extremely important when it comes to staying healthy and helping to prevent a heart attack or stroke.
- Increase fruit and vegetable servings to 7-10 servings a day.
- Choose foods that are high in fibre, like whole grains.
- Incorporate a sufficient amount of protein into your daily diet.
- Limit processed foods that are high in sugar, salts and fats.
Being active is good for your general well-being. Not only can regular exercise help decrease the chance of a heart attack or stroke, but it can also help slow the physical decline of aging, improve your sleep, and reduce stress.
- You should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate to high-intensity physical activity each week.
- You can break up exercise into 10 minute segments throughout the day if you’re short on time.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Did you know that almost 60% of Canadian adults are overweight? Obesity can cause a number of issues and those that are overweight are more than two times more likely to have heart disease than those with a healthy weight.2 Keeping a healthy weight is extremely important to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
If you’re a smoker, you should know that tobacco use increases your risk of developing heart disease and suffering a stroke. There are many programs available that can help you stop smoking and you’ll notice a number of positive health benefits right after you quit.
While living a healthy lifestyle can drastically reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, they can still occur. That’s why it’s important to protect the people you love with the right insurance.
Hudson’s Bay Financial Services offers affordable Critical Illness Insurance that can help pay your bills related to living expenses or recovery expenses after you suffer a critical illness. In addition, you’ll be able to earn up to 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points upon enrolment for insurance coverage and 4,000 Rewards points for paying your premium due at your annual renewal.3
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1 Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. “Get healthy.” Retrieved on June 15, 2020 from: https://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-healthy
2 Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. “Healthy weight and waist.” Retrieved on June 15, 2020 from: https://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-healthy/healthy-weight/healthy-weight-and-waist
3Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points at enrolment and 4,000 Rewards points annually when you pay your premiums on a monthly basis.