Heart disease remains leading cause of death in Canada, says Heart Fit director

The director of Calgary’s Heart Fit Clinic is hoping some good will come from the recent deaths of celebrities Carrie Fisher, George Michael and Alan Thicke — awareness of the prevalence of heart disease.

It remains one of the leading causes of death in Canada, says Diamond Fernandes.

Fisher died Dec. 27 in a Los Angeles hospital, days after suffering a reported cardiac episode during a flight from London to L.A.

Michael was found dead in his home in England on Dec. 25, reportedly from heart failure and Thicke died Dec. 13 after reportedly suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son.

Different symptoms

The signs of a heart attack can be different for men and women, says Fernandes.

“Sometimes [in women] it’s extensive jaw pain or neck pain or indigestion or a fatigue feeling,” he said. “It’s very different but it’s an intense feeling.”

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