Heart Disease: The leading killer among women

One in four women dies from heart disease. Its the #1 killer of women, regardless of race or ethnicity. It also strikes at younger ages than most people think, and the risk rises in middle age. And, tow-thirds of women who have heart attacks never fully recover. Heart Healthy Tips: * Dont smoke and if you do, quit. Women who smoke are two to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than non-smoking women. Smoking also boosts the risk of stroke and cancer. * Aim for a healthy weight. It is important for a long, vigorous life. Obesity and being overweight are risk factors that can lead to an early death. * Get moving. Make a commitment to be more physically active. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on most, preferable, all days of the week. * Eat for heart health. Choose a diet low in saturated fats, trans fat and cholesterol, and moderate in total fat. * Know your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL, triglycerides) and blood sugar. Work with your doctor to improve any numbers (results) that are not normal.

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