Walk of Life focuses on women and heart disease

By Lindsay Advocate

Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death for women in Canada, according to a recent report from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. A new initiative by Heart and Stroke, called ‘Ms. Understood,’ sheds a light on health system gaps that lead to women’s heart disease being under-diagnosed, under-treated and under-researched.

Ms. Understood will be the topic of a special presentation to take place before the RMH Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program’s Walk of Life on Friday, May 4.

Better known as Cardiac Rehab, the team at RMH assists people who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, symptoms of heart disease, or those who are at high risk of developing heart disease. The program provides education, exercise, monitoring and support for participants and their families.

In order to provide patients ongoing access to appropriate exercise equipment and education materials, the team encourages participation in the annual Walk of Life fundraising event.

Registration begins at 1 pm on Friday, May 4. The Cardiac Rehab team will make a special presentation entitled Women and Heart Disease at 1:45 pm and the Walk of Life will begin at 2 pm.

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