Heart disease is hitting younger Canadians in their 20s and 30s and it will translate into an explosion of heart disease in the next generation, the annual report from the Heart & Stroke Foundation warns.
Over the last 15 years, Canada has seen significant increases in overweight and obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes in younger adults.
“In a very short time, the face of heart disease in Canada has changed to include groups that have historically been immune to the threats of heart disease,” Dr. Beth Abramson, cardiologist and spokesperson for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, said.
The report says there are more than 250,000 Canadians in their 20s and 30s with high blood pressure. Among those aged 20 to 34 years-old, three million are inactive, 2.5 million obese, two million smoke and 164,000 have high blood pressure and 66,000 have diabetes.
“That’s something we could have never imagined a decade ago. It’s almost a doubling in 15 years,” Stephen Samis, Director of Health Policy for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, said adding that it’s all preventable.
By SHARON LEM, Toronto Sun