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. Do not give her the opportunity to get you.
Unless you spent the 80s in a lethargic dream, you already know that your lifestyle has the most direct relation to whether or not you go into sad statistics. Here we remind you again of some useful tips that you should take into account.
Stop smoking. In women who smoke, heart attacks are 2-6 times more likely than in non-smokers. If you smoke and use oral contraceptives, the risk of a heart attack increases for you 39 times. If your husband smokes, convince him to quit smoking for you. Statistics show that non-smokers who have husbands who smoke are more likely to die from heart disease than women who do not smoke in their surroundings.
Watch your cholesterol, it should not be high. Preferably 200 mg or lower. Nearly a third of all adult American women have cholesterol levels that are at increased risk for heart disease. Cholesterol is a substance that forms plaques in the arteries. If your blood cholesterol is 240 mg / dl, the risk of developing heart disease is doubled for you compared to less than 200 cholesterol. One study suggests that coronary arteriosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries supplying the heart) after lowering 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 there are no other risk factors. A Framingham study found that a 10 percent reduction in weight leads to a 20 percent decrease in cases of coronary heart disease.
Watch your 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 possibility 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 your blood pressure. According to the Framingham study, a decrease in pressure for every ten units was accompanied by a 30 percent reduction in cases of heart disease.
Move more. That is, do exercise, exercise. Studies prove over and over again that the heart will work for you if you develop your heart. In particular, it is known that outdoor exercises (which include walking, jogging, swimming and cycling) lead to lower blood pressure, lower total cholesterol and increase “good” cholesterol.
Reduce your fat intake. This is especially true for saturated fats. Researchers have come to the conclusion, and doctors agree with them, that high fat content in the diet is a key factor that opens the way for heart disease. You can increase the consumption of fruits, vegetables, cereals and reduce the amount of beef, bacon and fried foods you eat.
Talk with your doctor about taking aspirin. Doctors knew that aspirin reduced the number of heart attacks in men, but until recently there was no evidence that aspirin was also indicated for women, so doctors were in no hurry to recommend it. The observation, which was recently completed by more than 87,000 nurses and lasting six years, showed that women also benefit from taking aspirin.
Think about using estrogen replacement therapy. This method is not suitable for every woman, but if you are at high risk for heart disease, you might want to take advantage of its capabilities. Discuss this with your doctor.
Seek social media support. Studies show that women without social connections are three times more likely to die from heart disease.
See also: Estrogen replacement therapy.