World Heart Day | Dr. Ali Ghahary

World Heart Day

The heart is considered to be one of the strongest, hardest working muscles in the body. On average, it beats approximately 115,000 times per day and pumps approximately 200 gallons of blood into the veins and arteries, travelling a...
If you suffer from high cholesterol, then you know how important it is to get your cholesterol back down to a healthy level. Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance that is mostly made from the liver, and when at...
Last week, British Columbia marked a major medical milestone when transplant recipients, their families and healthcare workers gathered together to celebrate the 500th heart transplant in the Province. Individuals have been receiving heart transplants as early as the 1970s,...
Keeping your blood pressure stable is key to having good cardiovascular health. That’s why throughout the month of May, Hypertension Canada is raising awareness about what it means to have high blood pressure, the negative impact that it can...
This year’s focus of World No Tobacco Day, which takes place at the end of May, will be on the impact that tobacco use has on cardiovascular health. As a family physician, Dr. Ali Ghahary encourages patients to live...
There are three different categories of risk factors associated with heart attacks. The major risk factors, which cannot be changed, such as age, gender and heredity; the modifiable risk factors, such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure, weight and physical...
9 in 10 Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for heart disease, while 4 in 10 have three or more, making it the second leading cause of death in Canada today. Risk factors...
As many as 2.4 million Canadians over the age of 20 live with heart disease. Of those 2.4 million cases, heart disease accounts for approximately 30% of all deaths in Canada and claims more than 33,000 lives each year....
High-stakes match-ups happen in sports all the time – from the NHL’s Stanley Cup to the CFL’s Grey Cup, and grand slam tennis. Now, with the NFL Super Bowl just seven days away, medical professionals are warning that all...
According to a recent study, having the flu and other respiratory viruses could increase the risk of heart attack. Toronto scientist, Dr. Jeff Kwong, who works for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), says that his recent study suggests...