Today is National Red Wear Day so wear red and help spread awareness of heart disease in women
Today is Wear Red Day with the month of February being Heart Month.
American’s across the nation today will be wearing red to show their support for women’s heart health.
Heart disease is the number one killer of American women.
Cardiologist Annabelle Volgman stated to CBS Philly since 1984 there has been more women dying of heart disease and it continues now.
Heart disease for a very long time has been considered an illness for men. According to Dr. Volgman men were treated with statins and women received HRT until the therapy was determined to increase the risk for heart problems. She urges women to see their physician for a blood test. “Get your numbers, your blood pressure numbers, your cholesterol numbers and you glucose numbers.” Also, keep in mind women’s heart attacks may have different symptoms then men’s. Her advice if you feel something unusual going on in your chest, take an aspirin and call 9-1-1.
The American Heart Association has updated the guidelines for prevention of cardiovascular disease in women. These new guidelines have an increase focus on what works in the real world today and does continue to look evidence from clinical trials.
In December, it had been reported that for the first time guidelines stress the importance of participating in cardiac rehabilitation program after a heart attack or bypass surgery and of diagnosing and treat depression in heart disease patients.
The new guidelines were jointly developed by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation.
Recommendations for patients with coronary heart disease or other vascular disease such as peripheral artery disease or stroke include:
Stop smoking and avoid exposure to tobacco smoke;
Get at least 30 minutes of exercise 5-7 days a week;
Reduce weight if you are overweight, obese, or have a large waist;
Get an annual flu shot;
Take low-dose aspirin daily unless your doctor prescribes a higher dose or recommends against it because of medical contraindications
You can prevent heart disease by following a heart healthy lifestyle. The Mayo Clinic offers ideas to help prevent heart disease included are:
Do not smoke or use tobacco. The chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart, blood vessels, lead to atherosclerosis which can ultimately lead to a heart attack. Smoking is not safe and smokeless tobacco, low tar and low nicotine cigarettes also pose a risk.
Regular daily exercise can reduce your risk for fatal heart disease. Physical activity helps with weight control and lowers your risk for developing other conditions that could place strain on your heart such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol and it does reduces stress which could be a factor when it comes to heart disease.
Recommendations is trying to get 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week of moderate intense physical activity. You can break up the minutes into ten minute sessions. Housework and walking the dog does count as exercise.
Have regular blood screenings that should start in childhood. Optimal pressure is less than 120/80.
Check your cholesterol levels starting at age twenty.
When it comes to diets for heart health we may think of the DASH diet this eating plan does protect the heart. The plan has you consuming foods low in fat, cholesterol and salt. The diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, beans and other low fat sources of protein and certain types of fish.
Then we have the Mediterranean diet which has been affirmed by John Hopkins researchers to improve heart health.
Researchers found that a diet in which replaces white bread and pasta carbohydrates with unsaturated fats from avocados, olive oil and nuts which are foods in the Mediterranean diet.
Cardiologist Dr. Sandeep Garg with Pacific Heart Associates, practicing at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, believes the best way of heart disease prevention is a diet in which is plant based. Minimize animal fats and eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grain foods and eliminate packaged and processed foods.
In conjunction with the American Association a new film has been released, a comedy about a woman having a heart attack. Elizabeth Banks directs the film and stars as the mom who ignores the signs of a heart attack in efforts to get her family out the door on time. The film educates women about heart disease through humor. It encourages women to put their heart first. You can view the video at the American Heart Association.
Go Red for Women in Detroit:
Go Red for Women Meet Up
Saturday, February 4th
Detroit Go Red for Women Luncheon
MGM Grand Detroit
1777 3rd Street
2012 Metro Detroit Heart Ball
MGM Grand Detroit
1777 Third Street
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