Rate of disease is on the decline

PARKSVILLE — The fight against cardiovascular disease and strokes appears to be working in Canada.

PARKSVILLE — The fight against cardiovascular disease and strokes appears to be working in Canada.

Over the past 40 years the rates of heart disease and stroke have steadily declined. The rate has declined:

• 25% over the past 10 years

• 50% over the past 20 years

• 70% between 1956 and 2002

Cardiovascular diseases are defined as diseases and injuries of the cardiovascular system: the heart, the blood vessels of the heart and the system of blood vessels (veins and arteries) throughout the body and within the brain.

Stroke is the result of a blood flow problem in the brain. It is considered a form of cardiovascular disease.

— Source: Heart and Stroke Foundation

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