|Heart Health: February is National Heart Month|
Do you know the facts on heart disease? Sadly, this is not just a disease of old age. Heart health should be a concern in your teens and twenties since that’s when prevention habits have the greatest impact!
Did you know that women are more likely than men to die of heart disease? This is a trend that has been going on since the early 1980s. Here are four more facts on heart disease, as they relate to women:
1. Young women are having more heart attacks. A recent study found that women are having more heart attacks at a younger age. Women also experience symptoms different than males.
2. You may not have obvious symptoms of a heart attack. In younger women, symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, and back or jaw pain — not chest pain that is commonly associated with a heart attack.
3. Do you have a risk factor? 90 percent of women do, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol or genetic predisposition.
4. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. One in 31 women will die of breast cancer, but one in three women will die of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.
The good news is that you CAN help prevent heart disease with exercise and a healthy diet plan.
The American Heart Association’s heart healthy guidelines:1. Eat at least 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day.
2. Eat at least 3 fiber rich whole grains a day.
3. Keep sodium intake at less than 1500mg a day.
4. Reduce sugar and sugar-sweetened beverages.
5. Enjoy at least 4 servings of nuts, legumes and seeds a week.
6. No more than 2 servings a week of processed meats.
7. Keep saturated fat to less than 7 percent of total energy intake.
Want more information? Friend NutriCat on Facebook. Have a risk factor? Make an appointment with Alex Caspero, the campus dietitian to discuss your diet. Call 946- 2315, ext. 1 or go online @ My Health at Pacific.
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