Women’s Heart Health 11am Interview 2-3-15


IN YOUR HEALTH — PEOPLE OFTEN THINK OF HEART DISEASE AS A MEN’S ISSUE, BUT IT’S ALSO THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG WOMEN.. AND THIS FRIDAY IS NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY.. TO BRING AWARENESS TO THIS IMPORTANT CAUSE. JOINING ME NOW IS KATIE DIAZ, A NURSE PRACTITIONER WITH MERITER WITH MORE ON HEART DISEASE, AND WAYS TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY. WHY DO WE THINK ABOUT HEART PROBLEMS AS A MEN’S HEALTH ISSUE? WHAT KINDS OF HEART PROBLEMS ARE COMMON IN WOMEN? O CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE OR CORONARY HEART DISEASE O ARRHYTHMIAS (ABNORMAL CARDIAC RHYTHMS) IS THERE ANYTHING NOTABLY DIFFERENT BETWEEN WHAT MEN AND WOMEN EXPERIENCE WITH HEART PROBLEMS? WHAT INCREASES YOUR RISK OF HAVING A HEART PROBLEM AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT THOSE RISKS ARE? O RISK FACTORS YOU CAN CHANGE: SMOKING/TOBACCO USE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE HIGH CHOLESTEROL OVERWEIGHT OR OBESITY TYPE 2 DIABETES SLEEP APNEA INACTIVE LIFESTYLE (SEDENTARY) POOR DIET USE OF BIRTH CONTROL PILLS (ESPECIALLY IN WOMEN WHO SMOKE AND OVER AGE OF 35). STRESS DEPRESSION O RISK FACTORS YOU CAN’T CHANGE BUT SHOULD BE AWARE OF: AWARE OF: AGE FAMILY HISTORY O RISK FACTORS YOU CAN’T CHANGE BUT SHOULD BE AWARE OF: AGE FAMILY HISTORY MENOPAUSE HOW CAN YOU REDUCE YOUR RISK? HOW CAN YOU REDUCE YOUR RISK? BE MORE ACTIVE WATCH YOUR DIET AWOID SATURATED FATS

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