This summer, we’re hoping to help Canadians monitor their health a little better. At present, more than half a million people are living with heart failure in Canada, and it’s the most rapidly-rising cardiovascular disease in the country.
Each individual’s experience of heart failure is unique, regardless of age. Although there is currently no cure for heart failure, patients can successfully manage their illness and work closely with their healthcare team to develop the right treatment plan. Nonetheless, it’s salient to self-monitor your health and understand what triggers your symptoms.
Staying active is another important element of living with heart failure, and it’s vital to speak with your healthcare team before designing an exercise schedule. Exercise, when planned and controlled, has the potential to strengthen your heart muscle and boost feelings of well-being. Enjoying an evening stroll, going swimming, or joining a yoga class, are things that can make a huge difference.
At the HeartLife Foundation, we understand the importance of self-monitoring your health and activity, as well as tracking and sharing this information with your healthcare team. That’s why we’re running contests that can help you. Ethical pharmaceuticals and research group Servier Canada has been kind enough to gift us with pedometers and blood pressure monitors which we’re thrilled to give to Canadians via contests on social media.
How you can enter
We’re currently running our second contest with a total of five pedometers and blood pressure monitor prizes. The contest is open to Canadian residents only and it’s incredibly easy to enter, so you can enter yourself or on behalf of someone close to you whom you feel would benefit from the prize.
All you have to do is get creative and complete the following steps through your Instagram profile:
1. Post a picture that promotes healthy living
2. Tag @heartlifecanada
3. Use the hashtag #HLContestsomewhere in the caption
Before you enter, here’s a brief overview of how the devices work:
Blood pressure monitors
If you have heart failure, there’s a good chance that you also have high blood pressure, or “hypertension.” As blood pressure monitors have a memory, they allow your doctor to see all readings at your appointments. Of course, it’s imperative to ensure that your home monitor is taking accurate measurements, so your healthcare team is reading the correct information. Unsure of where to start? No problem, the Heart and Stroke Foundation outlines a list of tips on how to measure your blood pressure accurately at home.
Pedometers are small portable devices that allow you to measure your physical activity level throughout the day, including the number of steps you take while walking or running. You can easily attach a pedometer to your pant belt just in front of your hip. One of the best things about using a pedometer is that it can motivate you to be physically active, whether you are living with heart failure or not.
IF YOU’RE LIVING WITH HEART FAILURE, OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE HAS THIS CHRONIC ILLNESS, CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR CLOSED FACEBOOK SUPPORT GROUP AND JOIN THE CONVERSATION.