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article imageCanadian Heart and Stroke survey: Victims return to old habits

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 3, 2014 in Health
A new online poll of heart attack and stroke victims conducted by the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation has found that over half of the respondents are not making the changes needed to ensure their health. The reason? Poor motivation.
"The problem is that many of us who are at risk — and people who have had a heart attack are at the greatest risk of recurring heart attacks — are not making the lifestyle changes that we need," Dr. Beth Abramson, author of the report and a Toronto cardiologist, said in a statement.
Dr. Abramson said that all those with cardiovascular disease should be making what amounts to relatively simply changes — better eating, more exercises, reducing stress, not smoking — in order to give them a far higher chance of not becoming a repeat victim. But while many enter their recovery period and the rest of their lives assuring those around them, and themselves, that they will — they don't.
"We need to walk the walk as well as talk the talk." she wrote.
The online survey was conducted in late November/early December for the Heart and Stroke Foundation by Environics Research Group. The survey questioned 2,010 Canadians who'd survived a heart attack or a stroke in the past 10 years, or had someone close to them survive one.
Of those who don't make changes and therefore have a much greater chance to having another heart attack or stroke, there are some who started out making changes but went back to old lifestyles, and others who did not even try, Dr. Abramson said.
She noted that over time “people forget about their events" but that doing so could have grave consequences.
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