How About Heart Health Women Need to Know

Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer does, but women seem more frightened about their breast cancer odds. One of the commonly shared myths about heart attacks, heart disease, strokes and other heart health problems is that it’s not as widespread among women as it is men.

 

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[dropcap type=”e.g. circle or none” color=”#ffffff” background=”#e53b2c”] M [/dropcap]aintaining a normal blood pressure is as important for a woman’s heart as it for a man’s heart. High blood pressure is a sign that your heart is working too hard.

 

Watching your cholesterol level helps protect your heart. Being proactive, if you don’t have good cholesterol lab results, can help you keep your heart healthier. It’s as important to have good HDL levels as it is to have low LDL levels.

Get your triglycerides tested. This reading can be a warning sign that all is not well in your heart. The higher these are, the higher your change of developing heart problems.

You should also know what else puts you at risk for poor heart health. Not keeping your weight at a healthy level increases your chances of heart related problems. For a woman, any extra weight around the midsection is dangerous for the heart. Failing to exercise regularly and living a high stress lifestyle with little time to relax can adversely affect the heart.

A lack of rest or prolonged periods of insomnia puts stress on the heart. One of the signs that your heart may not be at optimal health is if you feel fatigued a lot. Fatigue can be a warning sign that your heart isn’t working well and it can be a warning sign of a looming heart attack. If you suffer any unexplained fatigue, then you should be checked out by a doctor.

Women don’t always get the same heart attack warning signs that men get. For a woman, pressure in the chest doesn’t always occur when a heart attack is happening. Feeling sick to your stomach or having pain between your shoulder blades can be a sign of a heart attack for a woman.

How Can You Protect Your Heart?

If you’re currently a smoker, then take steps to quit. Smoking puts a lot of stress on your heart and can cause heart disease. Every year, smoking alone kills approximately 5 million people all over the world, according to World Health Organization (WHO)

Lose weight if you’re overweight and exercise regularly. Avoid things that can cause your blood pressure to elevate, like eating a diet high in salt and avoid drinking too much alcohol.

Fitness Into a Lifestyle

Everyone is busy nowadays, so it can be hard to get workouts in on a consistent basis. While hard, it is not impossible, especially if you use these tips…

If you only train a half-hour three times per week, you can maximize the amount of time you have by incorporating some type of interval training into your routine.

Set Goals

People tend to focus more time on something if it leads them to a goal. If you exercise just to exercise, that may not be a lofty-enough goal to stay with it. However, if you exercise with a goal to lose 25 pounds by January 1st, for example, now you have a definite purpose to exercise. If that goal seems too far away, break it down into smaller goals, such as one pound per week. Be sure to reward yourself when you reach each goal; just don’t pick a reward that sabotages your efforts.

Incorporate Exercise Into Your Daily Routine

There are many opportunities in our day where we can get some exercise. For example, if you drive to work, park at the far end of the parking lot and walk in the rest of the way. Once in your office building, take the stairs to your office (or at least walk up a few flights) instead of riding the elevator.

If you take public transportation to work, get off a few stops before the one closest to your work and walk the rest of the way. Do the same thing after work on the way home.

By incorporating these strategies into your daily routine, you’ll find you do have the your change of developing heart problems