Updated: May 25
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.
What are the Signs of a Heart Attack for Women?
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 that can lead to delayed treatment. Be vigilant!
Why is blood pressure important?
Consistent high blood pressure can cause damage to your arteries over time and result in a heart attack or a stroke. While we love to be there for people in thier time of need - we are trying ot work ourselves out of a job! We want you to do the work to prevent heart disease and resulting disability! The good news is there are ways to manage your high blood pressure with medication and exercise.
Diet & Your Heart
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 from fried foods.
4. Allow yourself a treat every now & then - just not everytime you eat!
What are ways to help prevent heart disease?
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.