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Heart Health in our 30’s and 40’s

Heart Disease and chronic disease in general are finicky little facts of life and they don’t play fair. In our modern-day world of instant gratification, chronic disease can sneak up on us and by then it may be too late to do anything about it with preventative measures. But, should we really worry about heart attacks and strokes? Isn’t this the disease of older men? The statistical brutal truth is that heart disease affects “one out of every three women and about 43 million women in the U.S.“ (Stanford Health Care). What can women in their 30’s and 40’s do now to prevent complications from cardiovascular disease later in life – read along and see how you score with your current heart health.

Heart Health Raleigh Moms BlogKNOW YOUR RISK:

Your risk increases if you are obese or have a chronic disease (diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus)

Your risk increases if you had high blood pressure or diabetes during pregnancy

Your risk increases if you have a family history of heart attack or stroke  

See a healthcare provider regularly for a general health assessment

Know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels

Know your typical blood pressure readings

EAT A HEART HEALTHY DIET INCLUDING:

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and milk products (especially blueberries, oatmeal, and spinach)

Increase the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet (Salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, flax, etc.)

Limit saturated fats, cholesterol, salt, added sugars, and excessive alcohol

EXERCISE REGULARLY AND REDUCE STRESS

The CDC recommends 2.5 hours of exercise each week

Be aware of you own stress levels and find ways to alleviate that stress

Consider meditation, daily breathing breaks, and yoga

Seek counseling when needed

STOP SMOKING

Talk to your healthcare provider about a plan to quit smoking

Contact 1-800-QUIT-NOW

BE AWARE OF THE SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK

Symptoms can vary from very little discomfort to mild pain or severe pain

According to the Mayo Clinic, “The most common heart attack symptom in women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But it is not always severe or even the most prominent symptom, particularly in women. And, sometimes, women may have a heart attack without chest pain. Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:

  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue

For More Information:

https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-clinics/womens-heart-health.html

https://www.cdc.gov/features/wearred/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease/art-20046167

https://www.womenshealth.gov/heart-health-stroke/index.html

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/five-superfoods-for-heart#1

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