Healthy Heart 2012

Keep Your Heart Healthy and Happy

February is Heart Month

Did you know that 9 out of 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke? You are one of them if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, are overweight or highly stressed, don’t exercise, smoke and/or drink too much alcohol.

At Cleveland Clinic Canada, we put our heart into protecting yours. In recognition of Heart Month, our clinical team has pulled together heart-related articles, recipes and tips to help you decrease your risk of heart disease. Let this be your reminder to take the time to care for your heart and the hearts of your loved ones.

World-class Cardiology Services Covered by OHIP in Toronto

Cardiology services at Cleveland Clinic Canada are rooted in the expertise of the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, which has been ranked the number one cardiac care centre in the United States for the past 17 years by U.S. News & World Report.

In Toronto, our cardiology team provides comprehensive testing for those seeking preventive therapy and risk identification of health-threatening cardiac diseases.

Here are some of the ways our team can help you:

Please note that the above services, unless noted, are covered by OHIP. Our OHIP services do require a physician referral. If you are a current Executive Health patient, you can receive a referral through your Executive Health program.

If you think you could benefit from this kind of support from our cardiology team, please feel free to contact us at 416.507.6600. We’re here to help. Please note if you are not a current Executive Health Patient, you will need a referral from your family physician.

Jim’s Story

After months of feeling lethargic and with a family history of heart disease, I decided to take control of my health. This led me to the Cardiac Prevention Program at Cleveland Clinic Canada, where I worked with a collaborative team of specialists who helped me reduce my cardiac risk in only 12 weeks. I truly believe that I wouldn’t have been able to meet my goals without this team of specialists. They not only changed my lifestyle, they changed my life! Read more.

Tales from the Heart: Inside the Cleveland Clinic Heart Centre

A well-known newspaper sent more than two dozen reporters, photographers, videographers and editors into Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute for eight days to tell the stories of patients and the clinicians who care for them in the number one ranked heart clinic in the United States. This series was chosen by Readers Digest Magazine as one of the ‘Top Reads of 2011’.Read more.

Heart-related Articles from our Cleveland Clinic Experts

Heart-Healthy Recipes

These recipes are delicious, easy to follow and approved by Cleveland Clinic Preventive Cardiology Program nutrition experts. Bon appétit!

Ask a Heart Surgeon

Join this free online health chat. As one of the largest, most experienced cardiac and thoracic surgery groups in the world, Cleveland Clinic specializes in very complex cases as well as groundbreaking surgeries procedures, such as minimally invasive and robotically assisted cardiac surgery. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to chat live with a heart surgeon in a secure online setting.

Date: Friday, February 10, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM (EST)

Ask the Heart Doctor

Join this free online heart chat. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It can take shape in any of a number of specific diseases that affect the heart itself and/or the blood vessel system, especially the veins and arteries leading to and from the heart. In 2007, Dr. Steven Nissen was named by TIME Magazine as "one of the 100 most influential people in the world" by SmartMoney Magazine as one of the "country’s 30 most powerful forces in business and finance." Take advantage of this rare opportunity to chat live with Dr. Nissen in a secure online setting.

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM (EST)