Let’s Keep Our Hearts Healthy

Today is February 1st and this starts National Heart Month/American Heart Month. This Friday is also National Wear Red Day.

Let's Keep Our Hearts Healthy

Let’s talk about heart disease. Did you know:

* Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, killing over 375,000 people a year.
* Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.


Things you might not know about women and heart disease:

  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
  • An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
  • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
  • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and are often misunderstood.
  • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
  • Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
  • Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies.


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That fourth statement is pretty strong. 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. I know I am included in that group. Regardless of age, this is something we need to think about.

Life’s Simple 7 was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of educating the public about heart disease. They offer these seven simple steps to help people (men and women) live a long and productive healthy life. Note: All photos below from The Heart Truth on Facebook.

1. Get Active – Do at least 150 minutes of activity per week. This is approximately 20 minutes every day of the week or 30 minutes five days per week. This can include something as simple as WALKING. You know how I feel about walking – DO IT.

Heart Disease Physical Activity

2. Eat Better – Eat a heart healthy diet. More fruits and veggies. Less sugar and junk.

3. Lose Weight – This is their words, not mine. There are many people both overweight and underweight with heart disease. It is only one factor.

4. Stop Smoking – Stop NOW and if you don’t smoke, don’t start.

Heart Disease Stop Smoking

5. Control Cholesterol – Schedule a screening, talk to your doctor, eat a heart healthy diet. When was the last time you had your cholesterol checked?

Heart Disease Cholesterol

6. Manage Blood Pressure – Schedule a screening, talk to your doctor, eat a heart healthy diet. Same question – when was the last time you had your blood pressure taken?

Heart Disease Blood Pressure

7. Reduce Blood Sugar – Schedule a screening, talk to your doctor, eat a heart healthy diet. Do you know your blood sugar?

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It is imperative if you haven’t had a physical in a while that you schedule one soon. Find out these factors and discuss your risks with your doctor.

Part of keeping our hearts healthy is knowing the signs of a heart attack. Do you know that women’s heart attack symptoms are different from men’s? It is important as women that we know what the signs of a heart attack are.

Heart Attack Signs in Women from The American Heart Association

* Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
* Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
* Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
* Other signs such as 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.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

What are you doing to keep your heart healthy?

Keep your heart healthy!


2 Responses to “Let’s Keep Our Hearts Healthy”

  1. Thank you for posting this! Undiagnosed heart disease took my paternal grandmother all too early. Women experience different symptoms, so it’s so important for us to take care of ourselves and know the signs.