February is Heart Month.
Did you know that more women than men die of heart disease each year?
Most people do not realize this fact; or how to address the symptoms.
With the symptoms of heart disease in women being different than in men; most women are not aware of the symptoms of a chronic condition or an oncoming heart attack.
Symptoms unrelated to chest pain, include pain to the neck, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort, shortness of breath, unusual fatigue, nausea and vomiting, sweating, and lightheadedness or dizziness.
Are you at risk for heart disease?
Woman who are at higher risk for developing heart disease have increased mental stress or depression, smoke, have low levels of estrogen after menopause, and a combination of fat around the abdomen, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides.
What can you do?
Woman can reduce the risk of heart disease by exercising 30-60 minutes per day, quite smoking, maintain a healthy diet, and eat a diet low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt.
At AA Care Services, we work with heart disease patients every day.
Please recognize Heart Month by sharing this article with those you care about in your life.
Source: Mayo Clinic E-Newsletter.
Helen Trowsdale, President of AA Care Services, is a nurse administrator with over 30 years of experience as a BSN, psychiatric nurse, and geriatric care manager with adults as well as pediatrics in hospitals, private duty home health care agencies, and residential home health care. Her team of caregivers are dedicated to serving their clients with home care in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Austin; providing clients with consistent, quality care while minimizing the number of caregivers in the home. Learn more about AA Care Services.