It’s February, and we’ve all got candy hearts on the brain, but have you thought about your own heart recently? The heart is a powerful muscle, but it needs regular care to stay that way. Heart disease is a leading killer of American women, with nearly 400,000 dying of the disease each year. This statistic is scary, but there is good news – heart disease can be prevented! But first, women must get serious about heart health.
To start with, consider the risk factors for heart disease and how they may pertain to your life, including:
- Diet and Exercise: Do you eat healthy or are you eating burgers more than veggies? When was the last time you exercised? Making some small changes to your diet and exercise routines can help improve your heart health significantly.
- Smoking: People who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day are more than two times as likely to have a heart attack as non-smokers.
- Blood Pressure: When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? The ideal number should be at or below 120/80.
When discussing heart health or heart disease with their doctors, many women brush the topic off because they feel they aren’t at risk or because heart disease doesn’t run in their family. However, heart disease still kills nearly one woman per minute in the US. This year, make heart health a priority. Start eating better, get regular exercise, stop smoking, and keep your blood pressure under control.
Check out this article from the Huffington Post for more tips on preventing heart disease.
The home care experts at North Home Healthcare can also provide more tips for keeping heart disease in check, as well as regular in-home blood pressure checks and cardio/pulmonary rehabilitation. Contact us to learn more about our Houston area home health care services.