Are you underestimating your heart risk factors?
Ninety-two percent of Canadian adults are seriously underestimating one of the key risk factors for developing heart disease, according to a survey carried out by Bayer. The Bayer 2000 Heart Health Survey reveals that only eight per cent of respondents are aware that having a parent or sibling with heart disease doubled their own risk of having a heart attack.
Most Canadians believed the effect was much less significant, with 33 percent of respondents indicating they believed the risk was increased by only a quarter, and 26 percent believing their risk increased by only half.
International studies have identified that a family history of heart disease doubles an individual’s risk of developing heart disease. The risk is often tripled for women with a family history of heart disease as well as for those with family members who developed heart disease before age 60.