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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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Worrying trends continue in long-term sedative use
A new study renews concerns about long-term sedative use in Canada. Researchers found that despite efforts to lower the chronic use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like sedatives, long-term use remained stable in older adults, and increased in younger adults.

Cost prevents 1 in 12 older Canadians from taking their prescribed medication
Out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs prevent many Canadians from taking medication as directed. A new study shows 8.3 per cent – or one in 12 – Canadians ages 55 and over either skipped doses or did not fill prescription because of cost in 2014.

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.

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