Today is “Go Red For Women” day – a day established by the American Heart Association for everyone to come together to fight heart disease. The American Heart Association named heart disease the “number one” killer in the U.S. In the last ten years its “Go Red for Women” campaign has raised awareness of the disease and the ongoing fight against it.
What Can You Do To Lower the Odds of Heart Disease?
- Keep up your heart health by taking into account factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, exercise and smoking. High blood pressure can increase your risk of heart disease. Your blood pressure and heart rate are two separate measures. Learn about their difference here.
2. Find out what your cholesterol levels are to improve as that can help lower the likelihood of heart disease.
WebMD Guide to Cholesterol:
|Less than 200||Desirable|
|200 – 239||Borderline High|
|240 and above||High|
3. Monitor your heart health with blood pressure and heart rate monitors.
4. Exercise regularly – it can help lower blood pressure, keep you at a healthy weight, improve blood circulation and has many more benefits. There are even products to help keep track of your heart rate on-the-go.
5. Reduce smoking or quit the bad habit entirely. Smoking plays a large role in increasing the odds of heart disease in both men and women!
6. Visit your health care provider for checkups. Cardiology procedures are FSA-eligible.