Women: Are YOU part of the HEALTHY HEART’S CLUB?!
It’s February- aka HEART MONTH and we need to have a little chat!
For over 20 years I have promoted wellness in various shapes and forms. While I am known by some for speaking on tending to your heart in the Self Love arena, for the past 11 years, I have also been quite passionate about teaching others to lead healthier lives by removing the chemicals in the home and making smarter consumer choices. The benefits from this practice alone are too numerous to go on about here…but beyond improving the quality of air in your home…my question for you today is how much attention are you giving your beautiful, amazing, life giving HEART?
Sure, I take care of my heart, but it was really not top of mind until I attended a women’s health conference in Pittsburgh, Pa last year. I sat up a bit straighter and began to pay closer attention to heart health and women as the facts where shared about how often women are being treated like men in this arena, often without success. (because women are not men and most of the research has been done on men) They caught my attention. It is our job to be our own advocates, thus, we need to be aware and educated!
Perhaps, if I was still working in my former career as a physical therapist, these facts may have been more on my radar, but I am no longer in health care and to hear some of the statistics was shocking!
Allow me to share some ‘need to know, increase your awareness kind of info’, followed by some good news, take charge of your life, simple solution oriented thoughts.
My information comes from the American Heart Association/Go Red for women.
- Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. 1 in 3 deaths each year which is about one woman every minute.
- HD is a killer that strikes more women than men and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
- HD affects women of ALL ages, not just the elderly.
- HD can affect women who exercise regularly. Factors like cholesterol, eating habits and smoking can counterbalance other healthy habits.
- 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary artery disease had no previous symptoms. Most women do NOT present like men and consequently are often misdiagnosed. Women should look for shortness of breath, nausea, back or jaw pain, dizziness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue.
The super fantastic news is that in many cases, we have tremendous control over much of our heart health based on the choices we make, or don’t make. Obviously, good nutrition and exercise cannot be overstated as opportunities to maintain a healthy heart. Keeping stress on the DL and choosing to not smoke can all be quite helpful too! I personally choose to use natural, heart healthy, science based products to help us maintain healthy blood pressure, cholesterol/triglycerides and general good health as it is my goal in life to use nature’s pharmacy first and foremost! If you have not yet seen heard about the Freiburg study, check it out here, http://freiburgstudy.com/ Information worth knowing for sure.
Amazing Women: our bodies are magnificent creations and our hearts, in and of themselves, quite magical! Be aware, be proactive and make choices that will keep your heart pumping lots of love throughout your body for many years to come! Making our impact on this planet definitely starts with keeping our hearts healthy, in more ways than one.
Reach out and connect with any questions or comments and be PROACTIVE about your heart health! Good health is our true Wealth and one we can put no price on! Become your own HEALTHY HEART Advocate!
What do YOU do to keep you heart healthy?
It’s ALL Good!