5 Ways to Improve your Heart Health
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Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 1 in every 4 women. Yet most women don't know that heart disease is their biggest health threat.
A woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States. Heart attack symptoms in women are likely to be different from those experienced by men. Women may have common symptoms of pain or pressure in the chest, but also have these less obvious symptoms:
✔ Upper body pain in the neck, back, and jaw
✔ Shortness of breath
✔ Cold sweats
✔ Unexplained fatigue
✔ Dizziness of light-headedness
✔ Nausea or vomiting
Improve Your Heart Health
Women may be able to lower heart disease risk by making healthy lifestyle choices, including:
1. Put on your running shoes
There’s a reason why they call it cardio. Your cardiovascular system performs best when you work it, so lace up those sneakers.
2. Just say no to unhealthy fats
Trans fats clog arteries and raise cholesterol levels. Check your food labels, and substitute trans fats for healthy fats, like those found in fish, nuts, and avocados.
3. Have a heart-to-heart
Ask your doctor at your next physical about your cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association recommends that all adults 20 years or older have their cholesterol checked every four to six years.1
4. Catch some sleep
The saying, “you snooze you lose,” doesn’t apply to heart health. Getting enough sleep is important for the health of your cardiovascular system.
5. Be a quitter
Smoking is toxic for your heart and lungs. Ditch the cigarettes and avoid second-hand smoke whenever possible.
1. How To Get Your Cholesterol Tested. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/how-to-get-your-cholesterol-tested
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