Considerable strides have been made over the past 60 years when it comes to reducing the number of deaths resulting from cardiovascular disease in Canada.
Statistics show that death caused by either heart disease or stroke has declined by 80 per cent since the 1950's, and by 30 per cent since 2003 – a triumph of technology, innovation and research.
The reality, however, remains:
What might be surprising to learn is:
Leading-edge research in the areas of minimally-invasive procedures, mechanical circulatory support (artificial hearts), transplant, and heart failure, among others, is happening at UHN's Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Canada's premier cardiac centre.
What is clear is that misconceptions around heart disease within the Canadian population are prevalent and even troubling. A national study conducted last month delved into common myths around heart failure.
It found that that majority of Canadians erroneously believe that heart failure is:
To mark Heart Month 2016, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre staff are sharing common myths about heart disease and offering daily tips on heart health to educate and inform Canadians.
Here are some examples: