How to prevent heart disease
Now you know that women are also prone to heart disease. Heart disease does not spare anyone. She does not choose men, she does not distinguish between women. Don't let her get you.
Unless you have spent the 80s in a lethargic dream, you already know that your lifestyle has a direct bearing on whether you enter or not in the sad statistics. Here we will once again remind you of some useful tips that you should take into account.
Stop smoking. Women who smoke have heart attacks 2-6 times more often than non-smokers. If you smoke and use oral contraceptives, the danger of a heart attack increases for you 39 times. If your husband smokes, convince him to quit smoking for you. Statistics show that non-smoking women who have smoking husbands are more likely to die from heart disease than women who do not smoke around.
Watch for cholesterol, it should not be high. Preferably 200 mg or lower. Nearly one-third of all American women’s adult cholesterol levels are such that they are at increased risk of developing heart disease. Cholesterol is a substance that forms plaque in the arteries. If the cholesterol level in your blood is 240 mg / dl, the risk of developing heart disease for you is doubled compared to cholesterol levels of less than 200. One study suggests that coronary atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries supplying the heart) after reducing cholesterol in the blood can undergo a reverse development.
Lose weight. People whose weight is 30 percent or more above normal are more at risk for heart disease and heart attack, even if other risk factors are absent. The Framingham study provides evidence that a 10 percent weight loss leads to a 20 percent decrease in the incidence of coronary heart disease.
Watch out for blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association, more than half of women over 55 have high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, there is a chance that you will be able to return it to normal, if you lose weight and reduce salt intake. Or you may need specially prescribed medications to control pressure. According to the Framingham study, a decrease in pressure for every ten units was accompanied by a 30 percent decrease in the incidence of heart disease.
Move more. That is, exercise, exercise. Studies prove again and again that the heart will work for you if you develop your heart. In particular, it is known that exercising in the air (and these include walking, jogging, swimming and cycling) lead to a decrease in blood pressure, reduce total cholesterol and increase "good" cholesterol.
Reduce the amount of fat consumed. This is especially true for saturated fats. The researchers concluded, and doctors agree with them that a high fat content in the diet is a key factor opening the way for heart disease. You can increase the consumption of fruits, vegetables, cereals and reduce the amount of beef you eat, bacon and fried foods.
Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin. Doctors knew that aspirin reduces the number of heart attacks in men, but until recently there was no evidence that aspirin was also shown to women, so doctors were in no hurry to recommend it. The observation, which was recently completed by more than 87,000 nurses and lasted for six years, showed that women also benefit from aspirin.
Think about using estrogen replacement therapy. This method is not suitable for every woman, but if you are at high risk of acquiring heart disease, you may want to take advantage of her opportunities. Discuss this with your doctor.
Seek support in social connections. Studies show that women deprived of social connections, three times more likely to die from heart disease.
See also: Estrogen replacement therapy.