On Thursday, April 29, I spoke in response to a Minister's statement about Heart Failure - to recognize that May 3rd to May 9th is heart failure awareness week. My comments are below:
Hon. Jon Gerrard (River
Mr. Deputy Speaker, your heart pumps blood around your body so
that your tissues can get oxygen and so that you can live.
Based on national numbers, it's
estimated that about 20,000 Manitobans live with heart failure. It's an
important condition to be aware of. I join others today to raise awareness of
heart failure. Its major causes include coronary artery disease, high blood
pressure, faulty heart valves, cardiomyopathy
and arrhythmia, among others.
Important risk factors for the
development of heart failure include, as examples, having a heart attack,
having sleep apnea, having obesity. Prevention of heart failure is primarily
about reducing risk factors, including reducing smoking, controlling high
blood pressure, preventing diabetes and keeping diabetes in individuals who
have this condition under good control, keeping physically active, eating
healthy foods and reducing and managing stress and treating arrhythmia.
Let us work closely with the
Canadian Heart Failure Society to create better awareness of heart failure and
its causes and its prevention. And let us take a more vigorous approach to
preventing heart failure, as well as providing excellent treatment for those
who have it.
Thank you. Merci. Miigwech.