Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. February is ‘Heart Health Awareness Month.’ Here are some reminders for women relating to healthcare related to the prevention of heart disease.
Although women traditionally suffer cardiovascular disease ten year later than men, after child bearing age, it is important to begin considering a health regimen for your heart now. Women who suffer heart disease under the age of 45 have a far more dire prospect of losing their lives due to heart attack and stroke.
Women who smoke or have diabetes have a greater chance of suffering heart disease than males. When a woman reaches the age when she encounters menopause, her risks increase, and of course it is important to have tests which reveal LDL and HDL cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.
Women also suffer the risk of cardiovascular disease from other conditions. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, pre-eclampsia, and hypertension caused by pregnancy can increase the possibility.
Family history is important; a mother, father, brother, or sister who has been diagnosed with premature coronary artery disease can present a greater risk. The ages specific are younger than 55 for men, and 65 for women who have suffered from the disease.
To help prevent heart disease, everyone should follow certain guidelines.
If you smoke; quit. If you don’t smoke; don’t start. A heart-healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is of great importance. Regular exercise is important to keep your weight within parameters based on age. Immediately have any other disease which places you at greater risk treated properly.
Of primary concern in both men and women is the obesity epidemic. Having a weight which is 40 pounds or more above average is at the top of the list in factors contributing to cardiovascular disease.
By James Turnage