Heart disease will kill six times as many women as breast cancer. Presently it is the leading cause of death among men and women.
This “silent killer” will take the lives of 2,200 people today. Heart disease is preventable.
With knowledge of warning signs and simple clean living guidelines this statistic can be improved. The support of a practitioner can help with stress management, nutrition and an overall plan. You can create a healthy lifestyle as your own personal insurance plan against heart disease.
Heart disease is often referred to as a “silent killer” as about one-third of the people that have it do not know that they do. Early symptoms may be hardly noticeable, or even nonexistent.
71% of women experience early warning signs of heart attack that feel like the flu. There may be no chest pain at all.
Women will, in fact, often experience upper abdominal pain, upper body pain, nausea and cold sweats. Conversely, men have the more typical chest pain that is associated with heart attack. This makes it that much more important to pay attention to all possible symptoms.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute risk factors that we cannot control include age, family history, and a drop in estrogen production. Risk factors that we can control include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes. Additionally, pre-diabetes, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and weight issues can further increase risk.
The role of diet plays a leading part in your heart healthy plan for life.
Enjoy clean eating, whole grains, lean protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Controlling number of servings and portion sizes is also of great importance. When dining out take 1/2 to 2/3 of your entree home. Start with a green salad with no cheese or croutons. Finish with a bowl of fruit for dessert. Limit unhealthy fats and concentrate on nutrient rich foods. Avoid sugar and processed foods. This includes frozen fare, fast food or items with ingredients that you do not recognize or cannot pronounce. Try new recipes and have fun with food.
Women’s hearts respond better than men’s to healthy lifestyle changes
However, it is equally important for both to take action before it is too late.