Women across America are at risk from one of the nation’s top killers: heart disease. This is especially important to be aware of when caring for seniors. It is, however, one of the most preventable. With more than 400,000 deaths each year – nearly one woman per minute in the U.S. – it’s critical for all women, regardless of whether there’s a history of heart disease in the family, to take steps to protect themselves.

Questions & Tips When Caring for Seniors

The Huffington Post provides the following quick checklist of questions and tips to reduce your risk of heart disease:

What’s your daily diet and exercise routine?

Even minor changes, such as slightly improving your diet or adding in 30 minutes of walking on most days, can greatly reduce the risk of premature death.

Do you have an autoimmune disease?

Chronic inflammation may be a factor in heart disease. Be sure to see your doctor for any undiagnosed, recurring symptoms.

Are you a smoker?

Smokers’ risk of heart attack is more than double that of non-smokers.

What’s your blood pressure?

Ideal blood pressure should be near or below 120/80.

What’s your ten-year risk for heart disease?

Ask your doctor for a risk assessment – and have this re-evaluated annually.

Nutrition

How can my diet help lower my risk?

While “bad” fats, or trans fats should be avoided and saturated fats (red meats, butter, cheese, ice cream, etc.) consumed in moderation, “good fats” help lower disease risk. Fish, beans, nuts, and healthy oils (e.g. olive and sunflower oil) are excellent examples of these good fats.

 

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Sources:

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention: Here’s How

Gender matters: Heart disease risk in women