Vitals is in the red this February – figuratively speaking. We’re celebrating Heart Health Awareness Month along with the American Heart Association. The month is dedicated to increasing awareness about the dangers of heart disease for women.
While heart disease is a major problem for all, it is the leading cause of death among women. Women have a higher risk than men because they’re quick to dismiss heart attack symptoms, like feeling tired or short of breath, or attribute them to other illnesses. In addition, women more frequently experience heart attack pain in their neck, jaw, throat, abdomen or back so mistakenly do not attribute these important signs to cardiac infarctions.
Vitals is stressing vigilance and prevention among all demographics, and women in particular.
How can you reduce your risk?
- Check your blood pressure. Having high blood pressure, or hypertension, can result in heart disease. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so it’s important to be checked regularly by your doctor.
- Talk to your doctor about your risk for diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes raises your risk for heart disease.
- Quit smoking.
- Have your cholesterol and triglycerides levels checked by your doctor.
- Control your weight. Being overweight or obese raises your risk of heart disease.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Manage your stress levels and find a way to better cope with daily stress like exercise.