Heart Disease For Women Only!

Heart Disease in WomenEvery minute another woman is at risk of death from cardiovascular disease, this includes stroke, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. This makes heart disease in women one of the leading causes of death for women. Whether you have a family history or not these statistics make it imperative that you be screened by your family doctor regularly.

While heart disease in women is largely tied to ones genetics, the chances it develops in any one individual is ultimately tied to the steps she takes to reduce her risk factors. 

  • No Smoking! Smoking is a nasty habit and in addition to the risk of cancer it can also increase the likelihood of heart disease in women as it increases blood pressure and the risk of blood clots which can lead to stroke and/or heart attacks.
  • Fight your thickening middle! By maintaining an ample belly, women are also more likely to have that fat released into the bloodstream as dangerous fatty acids that can clog the arteries and increase the likelihood of heart disease in women. So, the next time you are just too tired for that treadmill, remember this little tidbit and I bet you will find the motivation you are looking for. An added bonus – if you exercise for at least 30 to 60 minutes per day you will lower your stress and blood pressure and boost that “good” cholesterol.
  • Watch what you eat! In addition to the daily diet restraints most women face, they should also pay close attention to the food choices that affect heart disease in women.Aid your blood pressure by avoiding salt. Avoid those quick snacks – chips & cookies – and the saturated and trans fats that come along with them. Make sure to eat your fruits and vegetables including those that are high in antioxidants and fiber such as carrots, berries, spinach and peaches. And include fish in your diet at least twice a week.

Most women spend their time worrying about and taking precautions to fight female cancers; and while this is good and nothing to criticize, it can cause them to overlook their risk factors of heart disease. Heart disease in women, however, only appears to be a less urgent issue because it hits most men a good ten years earlier than their female counterparts. Women can and should use this to their advantage. This gives them much more time to change their bad habits and reduce their risk factors before it is too late. 

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