Just a Heartbeat Away
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States. While it’s true that the majority of women still believe that breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women, the truth is that more women die of heart disease each year than die of all types of cancer combined. Sadly, the fact is that only 13% of women are even aware that heart disease is number one killer of U.S. women. Almost 500,000 different women lose their lives to heart disease annually: Women who are me, you, moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, daughters, cousins and dear friends.
Good news! Heart disease is the most preventable cause of death in women. Unfortunately, many women do not take their risk of heart disease personally. Many of us rationalize, “It won’t happen to me.” Many times women don’t realize the connections between such risk factors as stress, hypertension or high cholesterol levels, and how these affect their personal risk of developing heart disease. A new heart-healthy lifestyle choice will prove beneficial by preventing or reducing your risk of obesity, stroke, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and many types of cancer.
So, what will you do today to prevent yourself from being a victim of heart disease? Give me some ideas; I need the motivation, too!