Heart Disease affects more men than women, right? Wrong, heart disease is the # 1 killer of both men and women. In fact, 1 in 3 women die from heart disease I the US every year. That’s roughly one death per minute.
As a woman, it is important to know the risk factors that increase a woman’s chances of having heart disease. Those risk factors are:
- Family History of heart disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- High Cholesterol
- High blood sugar levels
Okay, we can’t change our family history, but we can work to reduce our risk in all the other areas. If you smoke, talk to you physician about ways to quit. Have your blood pressure checked. If it’s high, ask your physician for ways to get it down. When you go for your annual physical, pay attention to your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Ask your MD what your Body Mass Index (BMI) is and if it is in a safe range.
While we don’t like to think about heart disease, this is one problem that we can actually do something about. Don’t put it off, check your risk factors today.
Celebrate National Wear Red Day this Friday, February 5th 2016! “National Wear Red Day® — the first Friday each February — is our special day to bring attention to this staggering fact. We encourage everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.”
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