Happy Hearts

heart I wanted to take this time to share about one of the number one killers of women in the US, heart disease.  I feel that as a women’s health provider it is important for all women to recognize the signs, know prevention and know when to seek medical attention.

According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one killed for African Americans and white women in the United States.  In 2013, nearly 300,00 women died to due to heart disease.  The symptoms of heart disease can vary from none at all to reports of chest pain or neck/jaw pain.   These symptoms can occur when you are sitting still, during exercise or from mental stress.  Risk factor for heart disease including high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking.  It is important to always know your numbers, especially blood pressure and heart rate so that you know when they are off.

Other risk factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

The things that we can do can is to decrease our mental stress and improving our general health can decrease your risk factor.   Doing yoga, meditation or relaxation breaths (inhale for 4 seconds, hold 7 seconds then exhale for 8 sec) can help to decrease stress.  We can gradually increase our activity.  The American Heart Association recommends starting off with 10 min increments 3 times a day with a goal of 30 min daily 5 times a week.  Make sure that you are getting in half your body weight in ounces of fluid a day, 2/3 of that water.

If you are unsure about your numbers or are concerned about your risk speak with your medical provider.  For more information on women related heart disease you can go to click on this link women’s heart disease.

Although my focus is on pelvic health physical therapy I think that all women can benefit from this information.  If you would like more information on pelvic health or have questions about pelvic health I can be reached at kimb@kimbryantpt.com or you can go to my website Kim Bryant Physical Therapy.

 

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