Women often know a lot about managing the household budget, juggling work and school schedules, and caring for the family. But when it comes to taking care of their own health, many do not know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. They also may not be aware that heart disease accounts for one in every four female deaths and nearly two-thirds of women who die suddenly of heart disease do not experience any previous symptoms.
Once it develops, heart disease is a lifelong condition that will gradually worsen unless changes are made to daily habits. Fortunately, women may be able to prevent heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices. These include:
- Following a healthy diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and includes a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Managing high blood pressure and consuming no more than 2,400 mg of sodium a day.
- Lowering total cholesterol to less than 200 mg/dL.
- Getting about 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week.
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
- Not smoking.
Women are invited to a free screening to learn more about why gender, race, lifestyle and age can affect their chances of developing heart disease so they can take steps to improve their heart health. The Women’s Healthy Heart screening hosted by Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake will be held Saturday, February 8 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the West Tower, Rehabilitation Center at 9330 Poppy Drive. The event includes a blood cholesterol check, blood glucose test, blood pressure monitoring, weight evaluation, and personal health assessment with a nurse. The screening is free, but space is limited. Call 866-764-3627 to reserve your seat today.
Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218