February is Heart Awareness Month – the month to seriously consider your heart health. Cardiovascular disease is regarded as the No. 1 killer of women – and too many women, particularly our youngest, most diverse women, remain unaware.
Getting To The Heart Of Health
There is an urgent need to help all women ensure a healthy, positive significant future for themselves and those they care for. However, up until recently, heart disease was believed to be a disease that mostly affected men.
The riskiest years for developing heart disease are between the ages of 40 and 60, but it can begin as early as in the teenage years. The CDC lists three significant guidelines for women to follow to help ensure a healthy heart.
Three Guidelines for Women For Heart Health
Physical Activity: Adults need to target their exercise to include 2½ hours per week in activities that raise your heart rate and strengthen your muscles.
Healthy Diet: This means eating food from all the food groups but focusing mainly on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, and lean proteins such as poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. It would be best to eat a serving of fruits and vegetables at every meal and every snack. Try to make it your goal to stay away from foods and drinks that contain high saturated or trans-fat content, sugar, salt, and alcohol.
Live Smoke-Free: Quitting smoking is, of course, imperative. There are long-term benefits, but the short term benefits begin only 20 minutes after you have smoked your last cigarette. There are positive changes that develop in a smoke-free body that continue for years. Under the live smoke-free category, it is also important to avoid second-hand smoke. It causes all of the same health problems that smoking does.
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This article is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Speak to your healthcare provider if you have questions about heart health or heart disease.