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How good is your heart health?
Just this week, a study found that fewer of us are maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle. Participants in the study failed to keep their blood pressure and cholesterol to in check and maintain a healthy weight. These factors increase the risk for heart disease, underscoring the importance of what the American Heart Association identifies as life's simple 7.
Being 'healthy' doesn’t mean you have to exercise at the crack of dawn or have a ‘strictly salad’ diet.
1 in every 4 women dies from heart disease each year. It is important to catch the early signs of heart disease, however these signs are different in men and women. Currently, cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects 90% of adults and is the leading cause of death in women.
National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week is from February 9th- 15th for this year. This week focuses on cardiac rehabilitation’s contribution to improving the health and physical performance of people at risk for heart disease as well as those who have been diagnosed with heart disease or dysfunction. Special events are held in hospitals, exercise facilities, and outpatient rehabilitation centers throughout the country. Here are some tips to stay heart healthy on an everyday basis:
Heart Healthy Tip 1: No Smoking
It is important to catch the early signs of heart disease, however these signs present in different ways in men and women. For women, age becomes a risk factor at 55, however some women have some form of heart disease at younger ages. Currently, cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects 90% of adults and is the leading cause of death in women. A recent study led by Dr. Cheng of Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston found that CVD affects more “women and blacks than men and whites”. Reasons for the glaring differences in diagnoses between gender and race are still unknown.
The most commonly recognized symptoms are chest pain, pressure or discomfort (angina). Unlike the sign we often see in movies - a man clutching his chest- CVD in women tends to be less obvious, hence it’s commonly called the ‘silent killer’. In both instances, this chest discomfort is caused by the lack of sufficient blood supply to the heart.
What is CVD?
The collective term CVD is used to describe a number of problems affecting the heart and its blood vessels. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD) and is the leading cause of heart attacks. Among women, African Americans have higher instances of heart disease. It affects twice as many black women than white women. Some factors contributing this difference include higher rates of obesity or being overweight, higher levels of elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. Limited awareness of the risk factors also add to this statistic.
When it comes to women and heart disease, there are a number of things that you can do now to reduce your risks:
- Eat healthy
- Get checked regularly
- Reading the nutrition facts on the food label can help you make healthy choices.
- Limit foods that have ‘trans fats’ as too much of this can clog arteries and cause heart attacks. Try these healthy budget friendly diets
- Cut back on sugary products. They are also labeled as containing glucose, fructose, sucrose or corn syrup
- Managing health conditions
Common health conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure can increase risk of heart disease. Make sure to stay on top of things by:
- Taking your medications as directed; only stop when you're instructed by your doctor
- If you have diabetes, always check your blood sugar level
- Having your cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly
- Asking your doctor how you can safely manage your condition when you're pregnant
- Talking to your doctor about what device is better for your heart condition can help manage your condition better
Know The Symptoms Of A Heart Attack In Women
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Unusual upper body discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
- Unusual and unexplained tiredness
- Sudden dizziness or lightheadedness
- Nausea - feeling sick to the stomach
The American Heart Association recommends calling 911 immediately if you experience one or more of these heart attack symptoms. It may save yours or the life of someone you love.
sirastock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Omega-3 may not be the wonderful supplement that health experts have touted for years.
In fact, Rajiv Chowdhury, a cardiovascular epidemiologist from the University of Cambridge, says in a new study that these polyunsaturated fatty acids don't really reduce the risk of contracting heart disease as previously reported.
His research flies in the face of nutritional recommendations by the American Heart Association and other groups that encourage people to consume omega-3, which is found in fish, and omega-6, contained in corn and sunflower oils.
Chowdhury based his findings on a previous study that showed taking fish oil after heart surgery doesn't stop irregular heartbeats that cause blood clots and strokes.
He also pointed to 20 trials over 24 years published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2012 that fish oil had no discernible effect in lowering the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death.
The study on the limited heart benefits of omega-3 and omega-six appears in the latest issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
The risk factors for heart disease increases with age,but there are other variables to consider. Below are some of the common key risk factors of heart disease.
Apparent problems with an online risk calculator, released last week along with new cholesterol guidelines, prompted one expert Monday to suggest implementation of the guidelines be postponed.