go red for womenThe fact is: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.  We can’t let fear, embarrassment or any other reason hold us back from seeking lifesaving care. It’s time to be demanding when it comes to women’s heart health and to ask others to do the same.

One in three women is living with some form of cardiovascular disease. Some of the well-known risk factors include obesity, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle.  And it doesn’t take an expert to remind us that as women, we tend to put others ahead of ourselves. We need to flip that script. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of our loved ones. Before we take off in airplanes, we’re always advised to put our oxygen mask on first so that we may help others after. Your heart health is no different

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most of them start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Here are some of the common signs that can mean a heart attack is happening.

  • Chest discomfort.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Other signs. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

 A Heart Healthy Diet

The American Heart Association recommends this very simple heart-healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts, low-fat dairy, skinless poultry and fish. It encourages eating foods low in saturated and trans fats and sodium, and limiting added sugars and red meats.

Medical Care and Lifestyle

We need to be sure we are getting our annual medical exams.  Most all insurance pays 100% of an annual exam.  Check your coverage and schedule your exam.  Once we begin our heart healthy diet we need to be sure we are getting the appropriate exercise for our age and physical condition.  Just a reminder, the Shingletown Medical Center fitness center is open five days a week to provide a safe, comfortable environment for adults of all fitness levels o exercise.

The staff at Shingletown Medical Center is proud to provide first-rate medical care and community programs for you and your family.