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Go RED & Blog Your Heart Out!

Friday, February 22, 2013 7:41 am Written by 
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Today is the 3rd annual BLOG YOUR HEART OUT DAY in awareness of Cardiovascular Disease in Women.

Now I know most of us have thought I'm health conscious, I lead a very healthy lifestyle, my family has no history of heart disease, I'm a woman, I'm too young, etc. so we think that we may not need to get checked out. BUT, contrary to popular belief, cardiovascular disease is not just a man’s disease. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women 25 years of age and older in the United States. This disease knows no race or ethnicity and although one of the best ways to prevent cardiovascular disease is by making heart healthy lifestyle choices, healthy people should get regular check ups too. Here are a few heart healthy tips for you and the women in your lives. 

Address Stress: Managing stress will do wonders for not only your heart, but the rest of your body as well. Make an effort to reduce stress by addressing pressure in healthy ways. A couple of examples would be to read a good book or take a hot relaxing bath.

Get Physical: Including exercise in your day-to-day tasks will work wonders for your heart, as well as the rest of your body. Even a brisk walk on your lunch break can prove extremely beneficial. Keep in mind doing 1,000 burpees a day isn't realistic for everyone...at first anyway. 

Toss the Pounds: Shedding those extra pounds and maintaining a healthy weight—alone—is enough to greatly decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease. This doesn't mean model thin! A healthy weight is such that doesn't put extra stress on your joints and vital organs. 

Can the Cigs: Smoking is another high risk issue that can significantly increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. Even secondhand smoke can seriously effect your health. If you’re a smoker, visit your healthcare provider to discuss ways to quit smoking. My neighbor just quit using the electronic cigerettes and was very successful. 

Management of Chronic Conditions: Conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can all increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. Be sure to stick to the treatment plan given to you by your healthcare provider.

Limit Alcohol Intake: Alcohol can raise your blood pressure and place you at greater risk of a cardiovascular event. If you decide to drink alcohol, be sure to do so in moderation.

Eat Heart Healthy: Eating a diet of fruits, vegetables, high-fiber foods, whole grains, and lean sources of protein will do miracles in the fight against cardiovascular disease. Be sure to minimize your intake of foods high in sodium, and saturated fat. Beets are one of my favorite heart healthy foods. Here are a few others: sweet potatoes, salmon, almonds, spinach, blueberries, papaya, broccoli and more. 

Know The Symptoms: It's always wise to be aware of the symptoms of cardiovascular disease; if not for you, then for the people around you. The symptoms of cardiovascular disease in women can be quite different than those in men. Symptoms of a cardiac emergency include:

1. Nausea and/or fatigue

2. Rapid heartbeat

3. Shortness of breath

4. Pain or uncomfortable sensation in the
chest, left arm, or back

5. Angina (chest pain). Angina is one of the most common symptoms and can be described as squeezing, pressure, discomfort, heaviness, aching, numbness, and/or burning in the chest. These symptoms may also be experienced in the jaw, back, left shoulder, arms, and neck and require immediate medical attention.

Be one of the many that take a preventative step in the right direction. Start a healthy lifestyle if you haven't already and join the Go Red movement. I want to thank Amie Hoff for sharing this valuable information with me and I only feel it's right to pass it along to everyone I know. We as women have to care for ourselves and each other. 

goredforwomen.org

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