by Babs O’Reilly
(Miami, Florida, US)
Some womens health problems just are not given much exposure. Women tend to ‘soldier on’ and just hope for the best. Did you know that the number of annual womens heart attacks are starting to catch up with mens?There’s more to protecting your heart than having a stress-free life.
Women rarely pay enough attention to their cardiovascular health, even in these more enlightened times.Girls sometimes feel a lump on their breast and they call the doctor and have it checked out pronto.
You may be one of these women, and yet, you aren’t paying attention to another potential problem in your chest: your heart’s health. But the fact is, you need to. Females are more likely to die from heart disease as they are from breast cancer.
They are also more prone to it when they get older. Though this condition may be not as common, your lifestyle habits have a profound effect on your weight, cholesterol levels, blood pressure rate, and of course, stress levels.
All these factor in to increase your odds of developing heart disease. Even if you spend your earlier years cultivating heart-harmful habits, you can undo some of the damage by taking the right steps now.
First, you need to stay out from smoky places. Cigarette smoke from other people at a club can put you at risk by causing your arteries to narrow over time.
Secondhand smoke can also trigger more immediate damage. Just a few minutes of exposure has almost the same effect on your blood and vessels as if you were actually smoking.
As for what you eat, you want the kind called monosaturated fat. This lowers your level of bad cholesterol which clogs the arteries and triggers a heart attack.
Foods loaded with monosaturated fat include peanut butter, nuts, fatty fish, and avocado. Try to avoid anything with saturated and trans fats. These have been shown to elevate the bad cholesterol count.
When exercising, do short, intense workouts. While any heart-pumping activity helps reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels and keeping your weight and body mass index in a healthy range, experts suggest that short bursts of intense cardiovascular sessions punctuated by a few minutes of lower-intensity exercise can be more effective than hours of moderate jogging.
So, consider taking breaks during a typical sedentary day, during which you run in place or do jumping jacks. Or, you could also add these to your current regimen.
Know when to unplug yourself as well. Always being on the edge with work and responsibilities pummels your body with adrenaline and cortisol.
High levels of these hormones increase your blood pressure rate, which over time hardens your arteries. So, step back and gather your wits about every so often because this gives your body and mind time to decompress. Going for a walk or just soaking in a warm bath can reduce the circulation of these harmful elements in your system.
Always try to be optimistic about things as well. People who are happy have lower death rates from heart disease.
You can engage in more positive behaviors such as eating right and exercising. Plus, you can foster closer relationships with the people around you.
The more friendships you’ll have, especially with cheerful and positive people, the greater the number of social activities you’ll be involved in. Friends provide emotional support by being your sounding board during rough times. Stick with those who build you up and make you feel good about yourself.