Heart disease is the leading killer of females in America. This statistic always causes me to pause in unbelief of the nations Number 1 killer. I think most of us do, as it is a hard to believe, as we all tend to relate heart disease more to men. However, heart disease kills more women than men each year, but females who survive fare much worse than their male counterparts. Yet many women fail to recognize the toll that cardiovascular disease (CVD) can take on their bodies, and thus fail to do what is necessary to reduce the risk of getting this largely preventable disease.
The term cardiovascular disease refers to any disease of the heart and its blood vessels. Generally speaking, CVD is an umbrella term that encompasses all conditions affecting the heart muscle itself, the valves of the heart and/or the blood vessels that supply the heart.
Vessel disease, or vascular disease, includes diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries caused by the formation of plaque deposits within the arterial wall). Atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries is the main culprit behind chest pain (angina) and heart attack (myocardial infarction). Although the condition is not usually dangerous until middle age and beyond, atherosclerosis typically begins to develop in childhood.
Educate Yourself about Your Level of Risk
Minimize your CVD risk by learning about risk factors such as:
• Elevated total and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels
• Low HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels
• Sedentary lifestyles
• Poor diet
• Stress and depression
• Family history of CVD
• Middle age diabetes
The more risk factors that are present, the higher the risk of atherosclerosis and subsequent heart attack or stroke. In previous articles we have delineated the import of exercise and its documented prevention, and or aid in recovery to those suffering from these maladies. Move a little more, eat a little less/better are keys to avoiding risks associated with CVD and strokes.
What’s in your genealogy……..or on the Doctors report and what are you doing about it?
In light of February being Heart Healthy Month we are continuing to give away Heart Monitors with each new client training package until March 14th. As is with most preventable disease, it all starts with what we are consuming and what we are doing with exercise. Both of which can be turned in your favor, as it is never too late. Fitness Together 619 794 0014.