Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Are You Treating Your Heart With Love?

According to www.goredforwomen.org, there’s a lot of talk about inequality between men and women, but one area in particular where women are leading in record numbers: heart disease. It’s the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer, yet only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.  
Go Red for Women

The fact is: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

Here are more unsettling facts:
  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
  • 90 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 and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
  • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood.
  • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.

An unhealthy diet is a significant risk factor for Cardio Vascular Disease. A diet high in fat, sugar and salt can lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity - all of which can cause heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
Dr. Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, program director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the NHLBI, told Medical News Today that a healthy diet is "an important cornerstone" to a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Fruit and veg surrounded by a tape measure in the shape of a heart.

American Heart Association, www.goredforwomen.org, Medical News Today 

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