I’m at risk for heart disease.
What you may not realize is that if you are a woman, you are also at risk.
The bad news:
- Heart disease is then number one cause of death of women over age 20, killing about one per minute.
- More women die of heart disease than the next four causes combined, including all forms of cancer.
- 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
The good news: Heart disease is preventable with simple lifestyle changes.
My dad died of heart disease, unexpectedly, in his early 50s. That puts me at higher risk. I have familial high cholesterol which would also increase my risk if I did not lower it with medication. My blood pressure at my last check up was a bit higher than it should be (although I think my internist’s office stresses me out), so I’m working on that risk factor with meditation (when I remember) and reducing sodium in my diet. Because of inflammation (diagnosed by my c-reactive protein level), I have been taking aspirin for years on my doctor’s advice. I exercise. I try my darn best to eat well, most of the time. I am trying to lower my risk of following in my father’s footsteps.
February is American Heart Month. Ask yourself what you can be doing to lower your own risk.
Bulleted facts came from The American Heart Association. Visit their site to calculate your own heart attack risk and for a list of warning signs.; women rarely get chest pain during a heart attack and often fail to recognize the symptoms.
And this post is one more reason to heart Jody: thanks for spreading the word:)