3 Important Lifestyle Factors for Women's Heart Health - MEG-3
Heart disease is often thought of as a man’s disease but according to the American Heart Association, heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the No. 1 cause of death in American women, claiming more than 400,000 lives each year.
That’s a significant number, especially considering that most cases of CVD may be preventable.
As a woman who is already eating a heart healthy diet and exercising daily, what else can you do to stack the odds in your favor?
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The most important thing you can do to bring down the number of women who are affected by CVD is to raise awareness. Educate yourself and know the facts. The American Heart Association developed a thorough overview of CVD in women. It’s a great starting point.
Ditch the cigarettes
A national study that analyzed data from more than 100,000 postmenopausal woman ages 50 to 79 found a reduction in their risk factors when they stopped smoking cigarettes.
Check your weight
Research suggests that losing even 10 pounds can reduce risk factors for middle-aged women who are overweight or obese.
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