Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in this country and 90 per cent of adults have at least one risk factor.
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Male Speaker: Sharon Gray knows she is at risk like thousands of Canadians cardiovascular disease runs in her family. But Sharon is doing what she can to make here heart health a priority. Sharon Gray: I have high blood pressure and diabetes and I'm at a high risk for heart attack or stroke so it's important to me be on the right medication. Male Speaker: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Canada and 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor. In fact in Canada every seven minutes someone dies from heart disease or stroke. But according to doctors Subodh Verma there is a lot Canadians can do to reduce there risk. Dr. Subodh Verma: Canadians can start by knowing what risk factors that are associated with higher risk of having heart attack or stroke. In many instances your doctor will institute drug treatment to treat many of these risk factors which is critically important at reducing the risk of heart attacks or strokes. Male Speaker: Micardis also known as Telmisartan is the first and only ARB indicated for and clinically proven to reduce the risk of developing non fatal stroke or non fatal heart attack in high risk patient who cannot tolerate ACE inhibitors. Dr. Subodh Verma: The new Telmisartan indication provides physicians and patients with new options. It provides the opportunity to reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes. Particularly in higher risk patients who are intolerant of the ACE inhibitors. Male Speaker: Research shows that up to 44% of patients cannot tolerate ACE inhibitors because of side effects like dry cough. Dr. Subodh Verma: Staying on medications is critically linked to benefits that patients receive and if patients can be more compliant to medications such as Telmisartan if they have side effects, this in turn would translated into better cardiovascular benefits. Sharon Gray: It's important to me to manage my condition so I'm around for a longtime. Male Speaker: According to doctor Verma heart disease can be very preventively, if you are 55 years or older and/or at high risk of heart attack or stroke speak to your doctor about how to reduce your risk or visit www.heartandstroke.ca.