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Exercise as medicine
July 2016 Equating exercise with medicine isn't just a reminder that physical activity is good for you. Research has shown that exercise is a powerful therapy that can help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, among other benefits.

Hypertension for her: high blood pressure affects women differently than men
February 2016 High blood pressure – or hypertension – is common in both men and women, especially as we age. However, it tends to follow different patterns over the course of men’s and women’s lifetimes.

What's the difference between a heart attack, heart failure, and stroke?
February 2016 Heart attack, heart failure and stroke are different conditions that affect people in different ways. Dr. Paula Harvey, director of the cardiovascular research program at Women’s College Hospital, explains the difference.

Being more active and getting fitter: starting from scratch
Aug. 31, 2015 For someone who has been inactive for a while – maybe even for years – adopting a more active lifestyle can seem like a challenging ambition.

Fertility treatment not linked to long-term cardiovascular risks, study finds
Aug. 2, 2013 Women who have used fertility therapy to add to their families need not worry about the effects of those treatments on their long-term cardiovascular health. New WCH research shows that fertility treatment is not associated with excess cardiovascular risk later in life. In fact, mothers who conceived using fertility treatment had significantly lower cardiovascular risks than other mothers.

How can I reduce my sodium intake?
April 2013 Nicole Bourgeois, registered dietitian with the Family Practice Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital, discusses how much sodium we need, why too much can be a problem, and ways to reduce our sodium intake.

Exercise is strong medicine for heart health
Feb. 22, 2013 One of the most powerful treatments to help prevent heart disease doesn’t need a prescription. Cardiovascular exercise – such as walking, swimming, biking – can be a remedy for a major heart risk.

Exercise for a healthy heart at any age
August 14, 2012 Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Paula Harvey, director of the cardiovascular research program at Women's College Hospital about the link between menopause and cardiac health and how it is never too late to take control of your health with the help of exercise.

Sizing up portions: what’s on your plate?
March 28, 2012 With terms like supersize and venti quickly becoming part of everyday language, it’s easy to lose perspective on how much we are eating and drinking.

Eating well on the road
Feb. 22, 2012 Whether you’re vacationing or travelling on business, keeping your eating habits on track will pay off while you’re away and when you get home.

Omega 3 fatty acids: what they are, why you need them, and where to find them
Jan. 30, 2012 Why omega 3 fatty acids are essential to your heart health.

Get energized about exercise: 5 tips for finding the motivation to fulfill your resolutions
Jan. 18, 2012 How to stick to your exercise resolutions for a healthier 2012.

Waking Up to the Dangers of Sleep Apnea
May 3, 2010 A good night’s sleep isn’t all that’s at risk with sleep apnea. Women’s College Hospital respirologist Dr. Anu Tandon explains why obstructive sleep apnea is a risk factor for high blood pressure, and possibly even heart disease.

Food for Thought: Strategies for Mindful Eating
April 5, 2010 Eating mindfully means having a healthy relationship with food: enjoying food and being aware of nutritional needs, but also being conscious of social and psychological factors that affect food choices. Women’s College Hospital dietitians offer tips on mindful eating based on the Craving Change program.

Take It to Heart: Most Cardiovascular Risk Factors Are Manageable
Feb. 10, 2010 Heart disease is the number 1 killer of men and women in Canada. Experts from the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital discuss 10 major cardiovascular risk factors, and what women can do to keep seven of them under control.

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