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Cardiovascular Disease: The Silent Killer of Women

Cardiovascular Disease: The Silent Killer of Women

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Each year approximately 610,000 people die from heart disease. That’s one in every four deaths in the United States alone. And even more startling, cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women in America. In fact, heart disease causes more women’s deaths than cancer—including breast cancer.

So, why is heart disease so much more deadly in women than men? There’s a pretty simple answer. For many women, there are no symptoms at all. If there are symptoms of heart disease in women, they are often attributed to other conditions or even ignored. Whether you are a woman or you are reading this article for your mom, sister, wife or friend, here are a few symptoms to look for.

  • Arm, neck, jaw or back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Cold sweat
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping

While each of these factors can be attributed to other things, like working out, low blood sugar, or even a lingering cold, it’s important for women to know what to look for. Other triggers to look for include menopause, ovarian cysts, and even high blood pressure or diabetes during pregnancy.

It’s important to know that you can combat this killer. Take control of your health! Follow the next three steps to prevent or catch heart disease at the earliest stages.

Don’t ignore the symptoms

It’s easy to get caught up in our daily lives and ignore symptoms that could mean a million different things. But listen to your body. Pain and discomfort mean something, so be sure you have an open conversation with your physician if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.

Get screened every year

Screenings are quick and easy ways to ensure your heart is healthy. Be sure you are scheduling a screening each year, even if you aren’t experiencing any of the symptoms above. Remember that some women don’t experience any symptoms, so screenings are the best way to ensure your health.

Ask questions

Your physicians and healthcare professionals are there to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice your concerns. It might just save your life if you do.

For more questions or to schedule an appointment or screening, give us a call!

 

Five Ways To Prevent Heart Disease

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According to Harvard Medical School, “The heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime, pushing millions of gallons of blood to every part of the body.”  This steady flow of blood carries oxygen, fuel, hormones, other essential cells and elements throughout your body. It also clears the body of waste products of metabolism. When the heart stops, most essential functions fail almost instantaneously.

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease, is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. It is generally caused by narrowed or blocked blood vessels. When blood vessels are narrowed or blocked it makes the heart’s job pumping blood very difficult. When enough blood cannot reach the heart, it can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke.

Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease. Prevention usually includes lifestyle changes such quitting smoking, lowering cholesterol, controlling high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising.

The sooner you take heart health seriously, the less likely you are to suffer the negative effects of heart disease. If you’re ready to being your journey to a healthy heart, start by taking these five small steps suggested by the CDC.

Schedule a visit with your primary care provider to talk about heart health.

It’s important to schedule regular check-ups even if you think you are not sick. Partner with your medical care provider and health care team to set goals for improving your heart health, and don’t be afraid to ask questions and trust their advice.

Add exercise to your daily routine.

Start off the month by walking 15 minutes, 3 times each week. By mid-month, increase your time to 30 minutes, 3 times each week.

Increase healthy eating.

Cook heart-healthy meals at home at least 3 times each week and make your favorite recipe lower sodium. For example, swap out salt for fresh or dried herbs and spices.

Take steps to quit smoking.

If you currently smoke, quitting can cut your risk for heart disease and stroke. Learn more at CDC’s Smoking and Tobacco Use website .

Take medication as prescribed.

Talk with your medical care provider about the importance of high blood pressure and cholesterol medications. If you’re having trouble taking your medicines on time or if you’re having side effects, ask your medical are provider for help.

Chances are you or a loved one suffers from heart related illness. If you’re ready to take that first step and talk to a medical care professional about heart disease, please contact Mantachie Rural Health Care at (662) 282-4226.

https://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/index.htm


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