Mon Health promotes women's heart health

Messages aimed at encouraging women with heart disease to adopt healthier behaviour may be more effective if they focus more on everyday activities of life and less on calorie counts or body weight new U of A research suggests

Heart disease, stroke cause one in three deaths among women every year

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women, and kills more Americans than all types of cancer combined. "It's important to raise awareness for heart disease in women because sometimes it's overlooked as just a risk for men".

According to the CDC, approximately 610,000 people die from heart disease in the United States every year. "If there are symptoms that are present and you have risk factors, particularly, you should be concerned about it".

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Being the number one killer of both men and women, recognizing the symptoms of heart disease, such as arm or chest pain and shortness of breath, is important.

In Oklahoma, the onset of heart disease is all too prevalent.

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Women Veterans wore red on February 1 to support fellow women and raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. The screening includes tests to help detect heart disease early and measures cholesterol, blood fat (lipids), and triglyceride levels. You can impact your heart-health by maintaining a healthy weight, eating low-sodium foods, lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol, limiting your alcohol intake, managing stress, and increasing your physical activity.

Then on Valentine's Day, February 14th, they will be hosting an event at Doctors Hospital from 8 a.m.to 11 a.m. where they will be providing health screenings for the community.

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To improve the quality of life in Oklahoma, we must all take action to reduce the risks of heart disease and endorse living a heart-healthy life.

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