Bathurst mom aims to raise awareness about heart disease as part of 'Heart Month'

The mother of a Bathurst teen is trying to raise awareness about a condition that is the second leading cause of death in Canada.

Angela Boyle's 13 year old son Sam was born with a congenital heart defect and has already had numerous procedures, including open heart surgery at 9 years old, in order to stay alive.

Boyle says many heart conditions can be prevented with education and healthy choices.

February is 'Heart Month' in Canada, and Federal Heath Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is encouraging Canadians to learn more about their individual risk factors and to make at least one change to protect or improve their heart health.

Taylor says we can reduce our risk of heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices like quitting smoking, eating a healthy and balanced diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol intake.

Heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults as well as one in a hundred children and youth.