The Cold Hard Facts About Heart Disease
- Heart disease kills more people each year than all other causes of death
combined including all forms of cancer, including breast cancer, colon cancer,
and prostate cancer.
- Heart disease is the single most preventable
cause of death. Lifestyle factors play a key role in heart disease. Things
like smoking, failing to get regular exercise, and eating a non-healthy diet
can significantly increase your risk of hear disease.
- Many factors play a role in who is at risk
of dying of heart disease including race, geography, and what state you live
- Among the many changes menopause brings
women is that it is a time when a woman's risk of heart disease starts to
increase. For several decades it was believed that post-menopausal estrogen
replacement or estrogen with progestin would help protect women against heart
disease. However, this is no longer the case since the Women's Health
Initiative study found that estrogen with progestin actually increases heart
disease risk and causes more risks than benefits.
- Unfortunately, many women do not take their
risk of heart disease personally. Often women think, as many of us do, that
"It won't happen to me." Many times women don't realize the connections
between such risk factors as hypertension or high cholesterol levels, and how
these affect their personal risk of developing heart disease.
- Most of us know the so-called "normal"
symptoms of heat attack-- pain down the left arm, chest pain or pressure,
etc.. But did you know that women often experience heart attack symptoms in a
different way than men?
See: A Woman's Heart - Symptoms of Heart Attack In Women
- So what are you doing to prevent yourself from becoming a victim heart disease or a heart attack?
What You Can Do To Help Reduce Your Risk Of Heart Disease?
- Schedule an appointment to talk to your
doctor about your personal heart disease risk.
See: Questions to ask your doctor
- If you smoke, quit. Not only does smoking
increase your risk of heart disease, it also presents a whole host of other
health issues that are uniquely women.
See: Smoking - The Women's Health Perspective
- Most Americans are not getting enough
physical activity. Just one hour of aerobic activity 3 to 5 times a week as
been shown to significantly lower your risk of heart disease, and several
forms of cancer.
- Obesity and it's related complications are a
major cause of heart disease. Did you know that over fifty percent of
Americans are considered overweight with a BMI of over 25, and one-quarter of
American adults are obese with a BMI of over 30?
See: Eating For A Healthy Heart
Heart disease takes many years to develop, often starting during the teen years. It's never too early or too late to start taking these preventative measures against heart disease.