In the United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease. This shocking statistic should cause alarm but often goes undiscussed by women and their healthcare providers. According to Healthline.com heart diseases that affect women more than men include:
– Coronary microvascular disease (MVD) — a problem that affects the heart’s tiny arteries
– Broken heart syndrome — extreme emotional stress leading to severe but often short-term heart muscle failure
As women age, they become more likely to get heart disease, but women of all ages should be concerned about coronary health. All women can take steps to prevent coronary events by practicing these healthy lifestyle habits.
Engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. This will help maintain a healthy weight as well as healthy cardiovascular systems. Frequent exercise is also a great way to decrease stress and improve your general mood.
Eat a diet that’s low in salt and saturated fat. Dietary changes can often be the most difficult changes to see through, but with the help of a skilled nutritionist, you can easily plan meals that prioritize heart health.
Quit smoking. There is no easier way for heavy smokers to combat heart disease than by quitting the habit of cigarette smoking altogether. Reach out to your care provider to discuss ways to successfully quit smoking for good.