HAPPY HEART MONTH
Heart disease is the number 1 killer in women. Yet, only 1 in 5 women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat! Women are less likely to call 9-1-1 when they are experience signs of a heart attack because women’s symptoms vary and often not thought to be related to a heart attack.
Here are some more unsettling facts:
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
- Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
- The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood.
- While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
Here are a few lifestyle changes you should make:
- Don’t smoke
- Manage your blood sugar
- Get your blood pressure under control
- Lower your cholesterol
- Know your family history
- Stay active
- Lose weight
- Eat healthy