Simple Ways to Improve Heart Health for Women

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association. That’s almost one death every minute. The American Heart Association offers many simple ways to improve heart health for women and even to prevent heart disease entirely.

Risks You Can’t Control

Like many diseases, there are several contributing risk factors for heart disease that are beyond anyone’s control. Knowing these factors and being aware of risks they present can aid in assessing your overall risk for heart disease. Some uncontrollable risks include:

  • Age (40 and above)
  • Gender (one in two women will have heart disease)
  • Heredity
  • Race
  • Previous heart issues

Risks You Can Control

While some risks are out of your control, many risks can be treated, managed, or controlled with lifestyle changes, proper medications, or the help of a doctor. These risks include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Weight
  • Diabetes

The Simple Seven

The American Heart Association’s Simple Seven consists of seven easy steps to live a healthy lifestyle and improve overall heart health.

  1. Manage blood pressure
  2. Control cholesterol
  3. Reduce blood sugar
  4. Get active
  5. Eat better
  6. Lose weight
  7. Stop smoking

Ideally, good blood pressure levels would be less than 120/80 mmHg, and fasting blood sugar level under 100 mg/dL. It’s recommended to speak to a doctor about your cholesterol level and how/if it is affecting your overall risk for heart disease.

Medications for Heart Disease

Fortunately, many types of medications can improve heart health, including:

  • Statins
  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel bisulfate
  • Warfarin sodium
  • Beta-blockers
  • Ace inhibitors

You can learn more about these medications and more on our blog, “Comparing Heart Medications.” As always, consult with your physician before making any major medical decision.

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