Women’s Heart Health
Go Red for Women Day was Friday, Feb. 5! The American Heart Association has dedicated this day to increase women’s heart health awareness. Daisy Lazarous, MD, cardiovascular specialist with Adventist HealthCare, shares some tips on the importance of women loving their heart.
WGTS 91.9 Health Minute: Heart Health Month
Why is women’s heart health so important?
Although heart disease is often thought of as a problem for older men, it affects women at a startlingly high rate. Approximately 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
What are some risk factors of heart disease?
There are risk factors that are out of our control, such as heredity, age, race and gender. However, there are risk factors that we can control, such as:
● High blood pressure
● High blood cholesterol
● Lack of regular activity
● Obesity or overweight
Studies suggest that the high levels of cortisol from long-term stress can increase blood cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. This stress can also cause changes that promote the buildup of plaque deposits in the arteries.
How can we love our hearts and keep them healthy?
One way to help manage these conditions and keep yourself healthy is to:
● Exercise regularly, at least three days per week
● Eat a heart healthy diet that is low in sugar, sodium and saturated fats and high in vegetables, whole-grains and lean protein
● Manage stress through prayer, a hobby or talking with a healthcare provider
If you or a loved one experience anything concerning or out of the ordinary, the best course of action is to reach out to your doctor or call 911 and get your loved one to the nearest hospital if their symptoms are severe.