Thursday, February 9, 2012

Red Alert

This year it is estimated that over 315,000 women died from heart disease. The sad note is that most of them won’t even know they have heart problems until it's too late. Unfortunately, heart disease is the leading cause of death in women across all ethnic and age groups.

Commonly thought of as a “mans” disease, many women feel that they are not susceptible to heart disease. In fact, heart disease affects as many women as it does men. In no way is it gender-specific.

Because women who die from heart disease don’t usually exhibit the common symptoms (chest pain, chest tightness, numbness in the left arm) associated with heart attacks in men, it is important that women, regardless of age or ethnicity be regularly screened and tested for heart disease.

To help get you started, here are a few ways to reduce your risk; just don't forget to discuss them with your doctor:

• Screenings for blockages associated with strokes or heart disease
• Lowering your LDL cholesterol and raising your HDL cholesterol
• Lowering your blood pressure
• Incorporating a lower sodium diet
• Increasing your physical activity

If you are able to incorporate these changing into your lifestyle, chances are you have also made significant improvements in your overall health. That includes a slimmer, firmer you. So, now In honor of Wear Red Day) I have to find something “red” to wear to support the cause. What will you be wearing? ; )

As Always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal

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