PODCAST. Heart disease in women is often overlooked with tragic endings. When I was on the radio and podcasting for News FM96.5 WDBO, my awesome producer was Billy P. This podcast ran a couple of years ago and Billy P shares his very personal story of what happened to his wife. You don’t want to miss it. It will tug at your heart strings as it still does mine.
Do you know the number one cause of death in women? Are you thinking breast cancer? Itâ€™s actually heart disease. And did you know that women often receive less medical interventions than men to prevent and treat heart disease such as cholesterol screening and use of cholesterol-lowering medications? With such a high chance of a sudden heart attack, we should all take the time to become properly trained in CPR. Coast2Coast in London is one of the places that can help people to do this. Whilst none of us want to imagine a scenario where we have to administer CPR, this type of forward-thinking can save someone’s life.
In a study (Circulation), women were asked whose health is most important to them. Guess how they responded? 56% said someone elseâ€™s health is most important …their children, spouse/partner and parents.
And Moms who are caregivers say they have:
- Increased stress
- More exhaustion
- Less time for oneâ€™s self
- Trouble sleeping
So think about thisâ€¦women often receive less care for their hearts by the medical community and at the same time many women are more concerned about the health of others to take care of themselves. But heart disease is the number one killer of women.
These preventive tips will help the women you love to improve their health, feel better, live longer and hopefully avoid medication or take less of it.
Tip #1 Find Out Your Numbers
- Cholesterol profile including triglycerides, HDL and LDL
- Blood pressure
- Body mass index or BMI
- Blood sugar
- Waist circumference
Money is tight, medical costs are highâ€¦I hear you. But you and the health of those you love are much more important. Every week there are free health fairs and clinics with opportunities to take advantage of and find out some of these numbers. Itâ€™s true that you canâ€™t change your family history, gender or your age for that matter, but you can alter your diet, exercise/activity level, whether you smoke or not, and your weight.
Tip # 2 Once You Know Your Numbers, Ask Yourself if You Have Metabolic Syndrome
How do you know? According to the American Heart Association and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, you may have metabolic syndrome (which puts you at a greater risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and other vascular issues) if you have 3 or more of the following risk factors:
1) Your waist is greater than 35 inches
2) Your triglycerides are higher than 150 mg/dL
3) Your HDL (protective cholesterol) is less than 50 mg/dL
4) Your blood pressure is higher than 130/85 mm Hg
5) Your fasting blood sugar is higher than 100 mg/dL
Tip # 3 See a Health Care Professional
If any of your numbers are abnormal, now is the time to see a health professional. Remember, high blood pressure is called the â€œsilent killerâ€ as it generally has no symptoms. When you lower your blood pressure, you reduce the chance of stroke by 35-40%, heart attack by 20-25% and heart failure by 50%.
And did you know that two out of three people with diabetes die of heart disease? Donâ€™t miss thisâ€¦women with type 2 diabetes develop heart disease at a much younger age compared to non-diabetic women. Making smart changes in the diet, losing some weight and moving around more can help to prevent or postpone diabetes.
I canâ€™t close without sayingâ€¦ladies, if you smoke, did you know you have two-to-six times the risk of sudden cardiac death than non-smokers? And, the risk is even higher if youâ€™re a heavy smoker. If youâ€™re around someone who smokes, second-hand smoke increases cardiac risk.
The good news: when you stop smoking, the health benefits begin immediately. This is something that anyone looking to quit should understand. Even if people smoke to relieve stress, there are no health benefits to taking up this habit. Plus, with the options of nicotine patches, herbal cigarettes or even checking out Vape Wild vape store online if vaping is the route you are looking to go down, finding a way to quit has never been easier. It’ll take time, but it will be worth it.
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You are busy, I know thatâ€¦your schedule is over full and youâ€™re stressed most days. But I donâ€™t you to put off taking care of you any longerâ€¦you and your family are worth it. Tell me what youâ€™re doing. I want to hear from you.
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