ncreasing rates of high blood pressure in Canada are a significant concern for health professionals, according to new data by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

As Caryn Lieberman reports, a lack of awareness and prevention due to the pandemic is believed to be among the contributing factors.

At the start of the pandemic, Toronto mother of two, Eva Lannon, traded the hustle and bustle of big city life for a calmer lifestyle in Port Hope, Ont.

Upon turning 40, she learned from her family doctor during a routine physical that she had developed hypertension, which is blood pressure that is considered higher than normal.

Almost eight million adults in Canada are affected by high blood pressure, or about one in four, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Increasing rates of high blood pressure and associated risks are a significant concern according to a new national Heart and Stroke survey.

According to the survey, eight in 10 health professionals are worried about high blood pressure in Canada

Just a few years after Lannon learned she had hypertension, her mother died due to a stroke with complications.

Watching her salt intake, exercising more frequently and the move to Port Hope are among the changes Lannon said she made.

But I think just taking stock of your life and realize that you have to make the changes to make sure that you’re healthy.”... follow these steps for healthy heart .

You must be familiar with “smoking is injurious to health!” But that warning is not only for playing before a movie begins in theatres.

Make sure you are including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, plant-based proteins, lean animal proteins, and fish in your diet.

Several studies, including the one published in the Current Cardiology Reviews, state that adequate sleep is a must for keeping your heart health in check.

, as reported by the University of Rochester Medical Center. So, try to keep your stress levels in check!

This is mainly because they increase your triglycerides, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.