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How to keep your heart in good tick: advice from the experts

Public Café Scientifique to explore cardiac health and rehabilitation on October 16
October 9, 2013
By Aviva Engel


It’s estimated that one in three Canadians will suffer from a cardiac “event” in their lifetime — a heart attack, cardiovascular disease, a cardiac arrest. But research has increasingly shown that the way we live our daily lives can significantly impact our heart health.

The effectiveness of lifestyle-changing techniques like stress management and regular exercise will be explored on October 16 at a Café Scientifique co-hosted by Concordia, the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (CACR) and Heart & Stroke Foundation Montreal.

Café Scientifique: How do we manage chronic disease as we age? a free, bilingual forum — offers students, staff, faculty and members of the public an opportunity to interact with experts in an informal setting. The panel will focus on the latest findings in the field of cardiac health and rehabilitation.

“As the population ages, we’re seeing an increased rate of cardiovascular disease. That affects quality of life,” says Stacey Grocholski, executive director of the CACR.

“For younger people, prevention starts now. We really want to transfer the knowledge from the experts to the general public and provide strategic support that will lead to an improved quality of life: it’s about education.”

Speakers include Simon Bacon, assistant professor in Concordia’s Department of Exercise Science; Kim Lavoie, director of the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre at UQAM; and Paul Oh, medical director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program, and member of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Two patient-panellists will also share their personal stories.

The café will be moderated by CBC News Montreal anchor Debra Arbec. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions.

What: Café Scientifique: How do we manage chronic disease as we age?
Wednesday, October 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  Room EV-11.725, Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex, 1515 Ste-Catherine St. W., Sir George Williams Campus
RSVP: Email or call 204-978-7873

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