Heart disease in women is the leading cause of death, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
, nearly two-thirds of those who die suddenly from heart disease had no prior symptoms.
Unfortunately, women tend to delay going to the doctor because symptoms can be perceived as mild or attributed to other factors such as stress, fatigue or menopause. This is why it is critically important to raise awareness about prevention, early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of heart disease in women.
Heart Disease in Women: Limit Your Risk
By incorporating a healthy diet and lifestyle, you can bring about positive changes for your health and help to limit your risk for heart disease or a heart attack.
- Do not smoke. Tobacco is the number one 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(or shorter bursts of ten minutes at a time, three times a day).
- Maintain a desirable body weight.
- Limit stress as much as possible.
- Limit your use of alcohol.
When looking at heart disease in women, it is important that they pay special attention to their bodies and report 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
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