February is Women’s Heart Month
February 5, 2018
Fact: According to the American Heart Association heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!
Women are often so focused on taking care of everyone else in their lives that they neglect their own health. There are many risk factors that contribute to heart disease some that we cannot control such as family history, ethnicity, sex, and age, however there are many we can help control such as eating right, increasing physical activity, and getting regular checkups.
Quick tips to reduce your risk of heart disease:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Don’t smoke
- Increase physical activity
- Lose weight, even a 5-10% weight loss can improve your overall health risk
Listen to your body, you know yourself best; if something doesn’t seem right seek medical attention!
Additional information on women’s heart disease: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_women_heart.htm