Do your Corona health concerns include cardiovascular problems?
Heart disease occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart either harden or narrow. Consuming too much dietary cholesterol and fat, as well as leading a sedentary lifestyle, usually contributes to the accumulation of these substances along the arterial walls. Heart disease culminates with a heart attack when the plaque completely blocks oxygen and blood flow to the heart. Many people think of heart disease as a predominantly male problem, but approximately 7.5 million American women are currently living with the condition.
Risk factors for heart disease include:
- Family History – You are more likely to develop heart disease if your father or brother had a heart attack before age 55, or if your mother or sister had a heart attack before age 65.
- Smoking – Women who started smoking before age 15 are 9 times more likely to suffer from heart disease. Smokers in general are 6 times more likely to have heart problems.
- Menopause – Low estrogen levels have been linked to the development of cardiovascular trouble in smaller arteries. Women are 2-3 times more likely to have a heart attack during menopause, in fact.
- Depression – Tension, stress and depression affect women more than men when it comes to heart disease. The precise reason is unclear, but the link is statistically significant. Depressed women are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as their peers.
So what can you do to lower your risk?
In your twenties, join a Corona health club to start focusing on fitness and healthy lifestyle factors. Check your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels annually. Focus on getting your weight under control and pay special attention to your family history. Include fruits, whole grains, lean protein, and vegetables into your daily diet.
In your thirties, focus on avoiding binge drinking or smoking to cope with family pressures and stress. Eat foods that are low in saturated / trans fats, add more fiber, and try eating fish several times a week. Be sure to schedule adequate time for rest and rigorous exercise during this time.
In your forties, you will need to be especially vigilant. Monitor your weight, count your calories, and be sure you have at least 4.5 cups of fruits and veggies, 1 ounce of whole grains, and omega-3 fatty acid fish each day.
In your fifties, it is important that you continue to stay active. Get outside and enjoy the fine Corona weather. It’s never too late to get moving. Speak with your doctor about any concerns you may be having and pay special attention to the sodium content of the foods you consume.
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