Love Your Heart
Despite what many may think, cardiovascular disease (including heart disease and stroke) is the number one killer for women in Ireland took the lives of more than 4,000 women last year. Despite this, 80 per cent of premature death from cardiovascular disease is preventable. Studies have shown that lifestyle choices really can make a difference to women's heart health.
What Can We Do To Improve Heart Health?
Some top tips include;
- There are studies that show the benefits of incorporating Omega 3 (plentiful in oily fish, flaxseed) into your diet. Alternatively, you can supplement Omega 3 if you prefer. Try to keep saturated fats to a minimum.
- Your heart is a muscle and like any other muscle in your body, it benefits from regular exercise to keep it strong. A strong heart can pump more blood around your body with less effort. Exercises such as walking, swimming and running are great options to keep your heart healthy.
- Stopping smoking.
- Keep in touch with your doctor regarding your blood pressure and cholesterol; do what you can to keep these within the guidelines that your healthcare professional recommends.
What Do We Look For?
The most important thing is for us all to be on the lookout to identify the risks in our lifestyles.
Heart disease affects women of all ages (although the risks do increase with age), even if you are keeping fit, this doesn’t eliminate the chances. Previously mentioned factors like cholesterol (it could be heredity), eating habits and smoking can outweigh your other healthy habits. Having a family history of heart disease doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do, in some ways it gives you a head start in being conscious of your cardiac well being.
The key takeaway is that with the right information, education and care, heart disease in women could be treated and even prevented.
Remember: Your Health Is Non-Negotiable!
It's important to look after women's heart health. For more information on how you can support a healthy heart, pop into Evergreen and have a chat with our staff in store or if you like, you can visit the Heart Health section on our website.