It only seemed fit that there be a writing on heart health to close the heart health awareness month. So, back in the day, doctors thought that heart disease was a mans’ disease. This is not the case. It only seemed that way because women do not generally display the same “heart attack signs” that have been produced by men.
Some quick facts about heart health
- More than 1 and 3 women dies from cardiovascular disease
- Cardiovascular disease causes approximately 1 death every minute among women in the U.S.
- Heart disease causes more death than any other cause of death for women in the U.S.
- 41 million American women are living with the disease right now
I know these facts sound incredibly freighting, but knowledge is power! You can do so many simple life changes to keep this disease at bay. Doctors stress diet and exercise are the best tools to fight back. One of the myths about heart disease is that people think it is just a part of growing old. Not true! If you take the time now to learn about heart disease you might very well never face it!
What you can do about it
- know your family history, find out if there is heart disease in your blood line
- live an active lifestyle, move!
- be aware of changes in your body
- schedule physical exams and be a partner with your doctor
- eat fruits and veggies!
Heart disease does not have to happen. Take responsibility of your heart’s health today!
I got my facts on heart disease from AHA Complete guide to women’s heart health.
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