The month of February isn't just a time to show some affection to your loved ones, but to also give more love to your body, especially your heart.
There's no doubt that the heart is one of the most important organs in our body. When the heart fails, all parts of the body won't be able to function. This is why heart disease takes the lives of millions of people worldwide.
And women are not exempted from heart diseases. This problem isn't just an issue for men. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the No.1 cause of death among women across America even if heart problems are almost preventable just by changing one's lifestyle and controlling risk factors.
This is why it's time for women to look after their heart health. Here are reasons why every woman at any age should prioritize and not neglect their heart.
Women tend to have different heart attack symptoms than men
Though severe chest pain can be a very common symptom among all gender, still, experts say that there are symptoms that can be overlooked by women.
Aside from pain in the chest area, women may likely experience one or many of the symptoms such as:
- dizziness or light-headedness
- nausea and vomiting
- stomach pain
- shortness of breath
- pressure or tightness in the chest
- cold sweats
- sudden fatigue
This is why a regular check-up isn't something to put off on your list especially when these symptoms are involved even at any age.
Pregnancy Complications Might Lead to Heart Issues
The joy of pregnancy may also come with risk if unmanaged. Pregnancy itself, labor, and delivery increase women's heart workload.
This is because pregnancy adds additional strain to a women's heart and blood vessels. In order to nourish your baby's heart, your heart exerts more effort in pumping blood each minute. This results in an increase in heart rate too.
Some mild heart problems can also worsen during pregnancy, so it's important to have a routine check-up and healthier lifestyle management.
Too much stress can impacts women's heart health
Everyone experiences stress, all gender does, and at any age. However, women tend to overlook long-term stress due to the many responsibilities that they need to juggle at home and at work.
Unfortunately, exposure to long-term stress can increase the production of cortisol known as the stress hormone which in turn can lead to a heart damage in the long run.
Studies suggest that triglycerides, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar can increase the risk of getting cardiovascular diseases. And these can intensify due to the high levels and unmanaged long-term stress.
So, it's time to take some action for your heart health. Heart experts and nutritionist keeps on reminding us that cardiovascular diseases are preventable through a healthy lifestyle, better management of risk factor, and getting regular check-ups.
Even though genetics still play a huge role, and can't be changed, however, there's still something we can improve our heart conditions.
Aside from getting a regular check-up and awareness of the risk factor, you might want to reconsider adding good habits to your daily routine.
- Eat healthier
- Avoid eating too much
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Try to move more
- Get enough sleep
- Manage your stress daily
- Avoid second hand smoke and quit smoking
- Check your heart health numbers
- Limit alcohol and sugar intake
- Stay happy
Love + miracles,