Do you believe heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in women? There are, luckily, ways to lower your risk of having these diseases. World Heart Health Day is an excellent opportunity to stay healthy and learn what it takes to maintain a healthy heart and help prevent (cardiovascular) heart disease. So, here are some heart-healthy guidelines for women.
How to prevent heart disease
Show your heart some love and keep it healthy by following some simple tips to prevent heart disease such as:
Know the signs of a heart attack
It can be different for women than for men! The most common symptom for both women and men is chest pain or tightness, but you can have a heart attack without feeling them. Women are more likely to have other symptoms such as back pain, jaw pain, shortness of breath, indigestion, and nausea or vomiting.
Symptoms of a heart attack include
- Sharp pain in the upper part of your body
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual or unexplained tiredness
- Feeling dizzy or dizzy
Know your risk factors
Nine out of 10 women have at least one risk factor for heart disease. Factors that may increase the risk include diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, bad habits such as smoking, or a family history of early heart disease.
Talk to your doctor if you have any of these diseases.
Learn more about aspirin
Do not use aspirin on a daily basis unless your doctor prescribes it because daily use for prevention is not suitable for everyone. Because any medicine might have negative side effects, especially if your diet or treatment regimen has changed. Consult your doctor when you made any changes.
Exercise and maintain a healthy weight
Obesity increases the risk of developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. Walking may be an easy and convenient way to get started. But you’ll need to talk to your doctor about how much activity is right for you.
Get enough sleep
Research has shown a link between sleeping less – less than six or seven hours a night – and heart disease. Lack of sleep can make losing weight difficult and may make you less likely to exercise.
Don’t forget the annual exams
It’s important to have annual checkups to assess your heart health risks and take action. Be prepared to discuss any family history of heart disease or any other concerns. Know your numbers like blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.