Prevent heart disease
Put your heart first
The heart is one of the most important organs in your body. Without a healthy heart you cannot live a full and active life. That’s why we offer the Heart First Program
– to help people who are at risk for heart disease keep their heart healthy.
In fact, heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Canada. A conservative estimate is that 1.6 million Canadians have heart disease or are living with the effects of a stroke.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your heart health. It turns out that nine in 10 Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for heart disease – and four in 10 have three or more risk factors.
There are some risk factors that you cannot control – such as history of heart disease in your family, age (your risk of heart disease increases as you get older) and nationality (some ethnic groups have an increased risk for heart disease and stroke).
But you can do something about many of the risk factors – such as smoking, being overweight, consuming excess amounts of alcohol, high cholesterol, poor blood pressure control and not getting enough exercise.
The good news is that you can reduce your risk of heart disease by understanding the risk factors that cause it, and making changes to your lifestyle.
Help reduce your risk of heart disease
Some of the risk factors for heart disease are beyond your control – such as family history. But you may also be at risk if you have certain medical conditions, such as:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Swelling of hands or feet
- Erectile dysfunction
- A previous heart attack or stroke
The Heart First Program
can help you manage your heart health if you have any of these conditions. It can also give you the guidance and advice you need to make the lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk, such as:
- Becoming smoke-free
- Losing weight
- Getting more exercise
- Reducing stress
The Heart First Program helps you take care of your heart
Dynacare is proud to offer the Heart First Program
, a multi-disciplinary approach to help you reduce the risk of developing heart disease. There is no cost to you for this program and it is available at many Dynacare locations across Ontario.
The program includes six visits where you benefit from the expertise of our team of cardiologists, internists and family physicians.
During these visits you will:
- Be screened for cardiovascular risk
- Receive nutritional advice for a heart-healthy diet
- Develop an exercise program tailored to your abilities and preferences
- Get help to manage high blood pressure, become smoke-free, and lower your cholesterol
Dynacare has a long history of delivering cutting-edge, clinically impactful tests for improved diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of chronic diseases and conditions – therefore we can provide the best team and resources available to help you
manage and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Take steps now to protect your heart
We can help you take action now to reduce your risk of heart disease. There is no cost to enroll in the Heart First Program
and there are many convenient locations across Ontario.
Find out more by accessing our Dynacare Prevent Heart Disease brochure
Simply contact 877.718.2196 or send us an email
Access our Heart Health Services requisition (Ontario only)