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Windsor-Essex County Heart Disease Statistics - NovaMed Diagnostics Inc.


 
Heart disease is a significant problem in Windsor-Essex County, Ontario. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both males and females. The Windsor-Essex County rate for coronary heart disease in men is 28% higher than the provincial average and it is 29% higher for women. There is however, something you can do about it. There are three risk factors that you can modify to lower your risk; smoking, physical activity, and nutrition. These same risk factors will also reduce your chances of getting other chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Smoking:
 
In order to lower your risk for heart disease you need to become or remain smoke-free. Also, avoid second hand smoke whenever you can. In Windsor-Essex County, 26% of adult males and 24% of adult females are daily smokers, and over 1/3 of all high school students smoke.


Nutrition:
 
Being 30 pounds or more overweight increases your risk of heart disease. Windsor-Essex County residents consume too much fat and too few whole grain products, vegetables, and fruits.


Physical Activity:
 
Inactivity increases your risk for heart disease. When it comes to physical activity, 52.6% and 60.5% of men and women respectively in Windsor-Essex County are physically inactive. Remarkably 40% of Windsor-Essex County teens are physically inactive.


The Numbers...
  • 20,486 deaths among local residents from 1981 to 1996 (46.7% of all deaths)
  • 78,195 years of life lost due to premature death before age 75 among local residents from 1981 to 1996
  • over 34,000 hospitalizations among local residents from 1992 to 1996

Did you know...
  • Heart disease and stroke has killed more women than men in Windsor-Essex County from 1981 to 1996.
  • For every woman that dies from breast cancer in Windsor-Essex County, more than nine are killed by heart disease and stroke.
  • Ischemic heart disease, the most common form of circulatory disease, has killed WEC residents at a higher rate than Ontario as a whole - over 19 % higher on average between 1984 and 1995!
  • In Windsor-Essex County, 29% of residents 18 years and older are current smokers. This is significantly higher than the Ontario average and represents over 78,000 smokers - 91% of whom are daily smokers.
  • Smoking among WEC women (28%) is almost as prevalent as among men (30%) and much higher than the Ontario average for women which is only 23%.
  • Only 27% of WEC males and 18% of WEC females maintain a heart-healthy level of physically activity.
  • Only 34% of WEC males and 49% of WEC females age 20-64 years maintain a heart-healthy body weight.
 
 


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