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Bridging a heart health gap: helping women take the first step to cardiac rehab
For people with conditions that affect the heart and circulation, or who have had a cardiac event such as a heart attack, it’s hard to overstate the importance of exercise-based cardiovascular rehabilitation. Although cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Canadian women, and more women than men are eligible for cardiac rehab programs, less than one-quarter of cardiac rehabilitation participants are women.

The mental health benefits of exercise
A good workout doesn’t just benefit your physical fitness. Exercise also has a positive effect on mental health, providing benefits that range from improving sleep to easing anxiety.

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A Question of Health

This month's topic: A gift that keeps on giving: long-term benefits of cardiac rehab
The immediate benefits of cardiac rehab are well known: people who complete a supervised, exercise-based cardiovascular rehabilitation program after treatment for a heart condition or an event such as a heart attack or bypass fare better than those who do not – including having lower mortality rates. Now, new research sheds light on longer-term benefits.

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Study reveals surprising number of Canadians with urgently high blood pressure
A Canadian hypertension awareness campaign revealed that half of people tested required treatment for high blood pressure, including a group whose blood pressure was at emergency levels.

Women giving birth in rural Canada have higher rates of maternal morbidity than urban women
Pregnant women who live in rural areas are more likely to have obstetrical emergencies or serious health problems when giving birth than women who live in urban areas, results from a new Canadian study show.

No safe level of smoking: just one cigarette per day significantly increases mortality risk, study finds
New research highlights the dangers of smoking even for very light smokers. A new study found that people who smoke one or fewer cigarettes per day over a long period still had significantly higher all-cause mortality than non-smokers.

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