• Women’s Health Week | Heart Disease

    May 17, 2017
  • Making healthy lifestyle choices is important at any age, especially physical activity and a healthy diet. The middle of May each year we celebrate Women’s Health Week. It is a reminder to women to take care of themselves, and to make their health a priority.

    Did you know according to the CDC, heart disease remains the leading killer of adults over age 65? Heart disease also is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

    There are several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Moreover, symptoms vary greatly between men and women, they’re often misunderstood. Symptoms women should look out for are dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

    Many things can put you at risk for heart issues – one’s you can control, and others that you can’t. But the key takeaway is that with the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended. Studies show that healthy choices have resulted in 330 fewer women dying from heart disease per day.

    Here are a few heart healthy lifestyle changes you should make:

    • Don’t smoke
    • Manage your blood sugar
    • Get your blood pressure under control
    • Lower your cholesterol
    • Know your family history
    • Stay active
    • Lose weight
    • Eat healthy

    Though heart disease risks increase with age, it doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of getting older. It’s never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle and getting your heart disease risks in check. Additionally, working with your doctor can help keep health problems under control.

    What can you start today that will benefit your heart? There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Why not spend 30 minutes doing a physical activity!