“Many Albertans live with at least one risk factor for heart disease. During the month of February, it’s important to take time to recognize and raise awareness about these risk factors and focus on managing them.

“Alberta’s government and its many partners are continuously working on wellness and prevention programs to help Albertans better manage their health and target modifiable factors that increase the risk of heart disease.

“Prevention is key, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic when activity levels have decreased for many people. It’s important to find ways to stay active and make healthy choices to reduce your risks. Many risk factors can be managed through eating a healthy diet, exercising, reducing stress and more.

“It’s also important to talk to your health provider. We are fortunate to have some of the best researchers and doctors in the world right here in Alberta. Our province is also home to several top-ranked institutes for cardiovascular and stroke research and care, including the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.

“Although many health-care professionals are working on better prevention, diagnostics and treatment, it’s also important to learn the signs of a heart attack or stroke and what to do if you or a loved one experiences these signs.

“Please take the time to find out more from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.”