Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? In the United States, one in four women die of heart disease, while one in 30 dies from breast cancer.
This year wear your heart on your sleeve and ask everyone you know to wear a red dress, red tie, or red shirt. The power color red promotes and supports women’s heart health.
Heart disease is forever. Once you have heart disease, it’s not going away. Having heart disease is not an automatic death sentence as there are risk factors and there are some things you can do right now to minimize those risk factors.
Some of the risk factors are:
• High blood pressure
• High blood cholesterol
• Being overweight
• Being physically inactive
• Having a family history of early heart disease
• Age (55 or older for women)
You cannot change your family history nor can you change your age but you can quit smoking, begin an exercise program, lose weight, take medication or meditation to lower your blood pressure and ask your doctor how to lower your blood cholesterol.