Friday Feb. 3 Fairmount Community Library celebrated National Wear Red Day in support of women's heart health.
The AHA reports that during menopause, women's blood pressure begins to rise, LDL (bad) cholesterol levels increase, HDL (good) cholesterol levels decline or remain the same, and triglycerides (certain types of fat in the blood) increase, as well. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. Remember: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.
There are non-modifiable risk factors, like age and family history, for developing cardiovascular disease that you can't change but other risk factors can be treated and controlled. Right now, though, it remains a serious issue, so here's a primer of steps to take to help your heart. "These foods as well as being a fantastic source of slow release energy are also a great source of fibre, which is well documented in helping to lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and colorectal cancer". More men said they didn't know how to respond to a heart attack (14.6%, compared to 12% of women) and more men would respond incorrectly, such as patting the person experiencing a heart attack on the back (5.6% of men, compared to 2.85 of women). The good news is that science is devoting a lot of attention to heart disease, and increasingly acknowledging the need to divide research along gendered lines, so we're getting better at dealing with it.
With Valentine's Day around the corner, it isn't uncommon to see pink and red hearts everywhere, but the heart that really matters is one that is carried throughout the year.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men and women, claiming more than 600,000 lives each year.
"Prevention is extremely important in the management of cardiovascular diseases".
She also recommends that women over 20 undergo a cardiovascular risk assessment every three to five years. "Lifestyle modifications such as following a heart-healthy diet, maintaining a normal body weight, regular exercise, not smoking and limiting alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke", Gastwirth said. All these risk factors can be managed, often with help from a doctor.