Women and Health
Heart disease is often perceived as an "older woman's disease," and it is the leading cause of death among women aged 65 years and older. However, heart disease is the third leading cause of death among women aged 25-44 years and the second leading cause of death among women aged 45-64 years. Remember that many causes of heart disease can be prevented!
What Can I Do To Protect Myself?
- Control your blood pressure. Treating high blood pressure can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Be aware of chest pain. Be sure to contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from pain in your chest, shoulder, neck or jaw.
- Eat a low-fat diet. Keep fat calories to 30% or less of the total calories you eat during a day and avoid saturated fat (the fat in meats and coconut oil).
- Know your family history. Having a father or brother with heart disease before age 55, or a mother or sister with heart disease before age 65, are factors that contribute to heart disease.
- Control your cholesterol level. If you don't know your level, ask your doctor to check it.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight puts a strain on your heart and arteries. Exercise and a low-fat diet can help you lose weight.
- Take care of diabetes. If you have diabetes, regular exercise, weight control, a low-fat diet, and regular doctor visits are important.
- Exercise regularly. Remember, your heart is a muscle. It needs regular exercise to stay in shape.
For more information visit http://familydoctor.org
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