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Problem Solved:Heart Health & You

February is Heart Health Month!!  Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S.  It is important to know the signs of a heart attack, ways to prevent heart disease, and some lifestyle choices that can affect your heart health. 

Women have different symptoms than men when it comes to experiencing heart issues.  Often times women feel just a little off or just say, "I am not feeling well."  Some of the most common signs of a heart attack in women are nausea/lightheadedness, jaw pain, shortness of breath without chest discomfort and squeezing of the chest.  If you feel like you are experiencing any of these signs or just don't feel quite right please be checked out by a physician right away.  Women tend to put off seeking help due to family obligations and not wanting to cause a scene which can lead to delayed treatment.  Heart Attack Symptoms.

Consistent high blood pressure can cause damage to your arteries over time and result in a heart attack or a stroke.  The good news is there are ways to manage your high blood pressure with medication and exercise. More Information.

Changing your diet can be tough, but your heart deserves it!  Here are some tips to help improve your heart health with diet.

1. Control your portion sizes

2. Choose low-fat protein options like chicken & fish

3.  Limit your unhealthy fats like fried foods.

4.  Allow yourself a treat every now & then - just not every time you eat!

There are some simple ways to help lower your risk of heart diseases like heart attack and stroke.  The first is to make sure you get enough sleep.  Sleeping well ensures your body has a chance to internally recover from your day.  Secondly, manage your diabetes, blood pressure & cholesterol. When these things are not managed well it causes stress on your heart.  Third, eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight.  

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