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Monday, February 6, 2017

Go Red For Women

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. In the past heart disease was thought to be a "mans disease". This is not true as around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the U.S.

A persons chance for heart disease is influenced by an individuals lifestyle choices. Health conditions such as diabetes, overweight and obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use all can play a role in heart disease. Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking. LDL cholesterol is "bad" cholesterol as high levels can lead to build up in arteries and result in heart disease and stroke.

Lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol and not smoking can all help reduce your chances for heart disease Would you know what to do if you experienced the symptoms?? Are you aware of what the symptoms of heart issue is or what they mean?? In fact there may not even be any symptoms of heart disease but if there is:

heavy sharp chest pain or discomfort, pain in the neck / jaw / throat, or pain in the upper abdomen or back may all signal heart problems. A heart attack may make you feel chest pain or discomfort, upper back pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort or / and shortness of breath.
Symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of feet / ankles / legs / abdomen are all issues of heart failure
Strokes can have warning signs of sudden weakness, paralysis (inability to move) or numbness of the face / arms / legs, this may only occur on one side of the body or the other. Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, difficulty seeing, dizziness, or sudden and severe headache.

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