Cardiovascular Diseases. . .surprised? While heart disease for women was a rarity. That fact, took a turn for the worst in the 20th and 21 Century. What changed. . .we did! The way we work, eat, sleep, stress, exercise, cope and interact socially . When will entered the “man’s world” we inherited his dis-ease. The problem here is not that we entered that world, it’s how we function once we are there. I AM WOMAN. . .hear me roar! We became all things to all people all the time. We left “self” out of the equation.
Results: Metabolic Syndrome (X)-Abdominal fat, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, triglycerides, poor HDL/LDL ratio. A negative impact on our hearts and our overall health.
Fact: A woman’s risk for coronary artery disease increases after menopause.
Fact: Heart attack symptoms can be subtle or vague, so women are more likely to delay seeking help.
Should we be worried? . . No! Take action, be proactive. Dr. William Bilnoski , medical director, cardiology states, ” The time to start worrying about your heart is. . .never! Worry is passive and stressful. Instead, take positive action steps to maintain and improve your heart health.”
That said, it’s never to late to protect the heart.
Here’s 7- Risk Factors that YOU can control.
- Quit Smoking
- Exercise Regularly
- Limit Alcohol
- Control your Blood Pressure
- Manage your Cholesterol
- Ease Stress
- Prevent or Manage Diabetes
Apple or Pear? No, not the fruit. . .Body shape matters.
Women with apple-shaped bodies-larger waists with extra weight around the abs-are at a higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and other complications of metabolic syndrome.
Those who have a narrow waist and carry more weight around the hips-pear-shaped-have a lower risk. Since we inherit our body shape, it’s one more reason to take control of the risk factors within our power to change.
You can cut your risk of heart attack in half by adopting healthy changes. Do you have two or more of these conditions, first, consult your health care provider:
- High BP
- Elevated fasting blood sugars
- Extra weight, especially around the waist
- Abnormal blood lipid(cholesterol)levels
Need a plan? Email me for a complimentary Healthy Heart Forever Strategy Session. Put in the subject line “Healthy Heart Forever” and I will contact you to set appointment.
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