As the number one killer of women, heart disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
, nearly two-thirds of those who die suddenly from heart disease had no prior symptoms.
Women tend to delay going to the doctor because symptoms can be perceived as mild and attributed to other reasons such as stress, fatigue or menopause. This is why it is critically important to raise awareness about prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of women’s heart disease.
Take Care of Your #1 Priority
Healthy lifestyle changes make a positive impact on overall health. The following tips are ways you can give your heart the “TLC” it so richly deserves.
Do not smoke
. Tobacco is the #1 preventable cause of death.Eat a heart-healthy diet
(including less unhealthy fat, cholesterol and salt and more sources of low-fat protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables).Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
(even for ten minutes, three times a day).Maintain
a desirable body weight.
Try your best to limit stressLimit
your use of alcohol.
For women, it is important to pay special attention to their bodies and to any sudden changes they may be experiencing such as:
- a change in tolerance to exercise or exertion
- extreme fatigue
- breaking out in a cold sweat
- discomfort in the upper body, especially the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
To learn more about heart health and women, view and share our brochure.