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Love your heart: Five things you can do to keep your heart healthy

February is heart month – a time to increase awareness of cardiovascular health and the things that affect it. Heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults, and is the second leading cause of death in Canada. There are several factors that contribute to your overall heart health including exercise, diet, and overall lifestyle. We have compiled the latest evidence-based resources on five key areas below to help you maintain a healthy heart as you age.

1.  Exercise 

2.  Eat a healthy, balanced diet 

3.  Reduce your salt intake 

4.  Maintain good oral health

5.  Don’t rely on supplements 

 

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