HEART HEALTH DEPENDS ON LOCATION IN ONTARIO

Apr 03, 2017

By Andy Johnson

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According to a study at Sunnybrook Hospital’s Schulich Heart Centre, where you live in Ontario could determine your risk of a heart attack, stroke or dying of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers examined data for more than 5 million Ontario adults between the ages of 40 and 79 who had no previous cardiovascular issues.
They found that those who live in parts of Ontario with better access to preventative health care had lower rates  of cardiac events than who with less access.  That’s  because people in low-rate regions visited their family doctor more…were more likely to be screened for heart disease risk factors and had better control of their blood pressure.
The lowest rates were in Toronto-Central and Mississauga-Halton.  The highest rates were in Muskoka and areas to the north and the Erie-St. Clair region.
The study is in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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