February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month, and we’d like to offer up a few tidbits of info to help you make sure your heart is healthy and strong and you press ahead into several more decades with your family!
Did you know?
- $1· Women are less likely than men to participate in cardiac rehabilitation after a heart attack.
- $1· Almost a quarter of women who suffer from a heart attack will die within one year, and nearly half will die within five years.
- $1· Sixty-four percent of women who pass away suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.
Those are some scary facts. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in America; one in three of every female death.
So let’s talk about how we might be at risk. Because whether it’s our furry friends, our close family, or our friends who are closer than family, we’ll want to be around to enjoy laughter and love for years to come.
Who is at risk?
- Cigarette smokers can be up to four times more likely to develop heart disease than those who don’t smoke.
- About 30 percent of women don’t participate in any sort of physical activity – a not-worked heart muscle is a more-likely-to-fail heart muscle.
- Nearly 50 percent of women have very high cholesterol levels – 200 mg/dL, which can severely affect your heart.
- Women of all ethnicities in the U.S. are facing increased levels of obesity – between 60 and 81 percent. More unhealthy weight means harder work for your heart.
- Women with diabetes are two and a half times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than those without the chronic disease.
OK, so now you know what can affect your heart negatively. To get started making sure you’re not heading down that path, work in some exercise several days a week. Eat smaller portions. Meet with your doctor about your cholesterol and other ways to keep your heart healthy. And keep seeing the smiling faces of your family and friends long into your future.
If you’d like to learn more about keeping your heart healthy or want to meet with a physician to make sure you’re on the right path to healthy living, click the button below to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet
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