February is Heart Health Month
Heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. Women, account for close to 50% of these deaths.
The Center for Disease control states the following:
“In 2006, heart disease was the cause of death in nearly 316,000 females.
Heart disease is often perceived as an “older woman’s disease,” and it is the leading cause of death among women aged 65 years and older. However, heart disease is the third leading cause of death among women aged 25-44 years and the second leading cause of death among women aged 45-64 years. Remember that many cases of heart disease can be prevented!”
But, don’t be discouraged. Research shows that 80% of heart attacks in women can be prevented through healthy living, including a proper diet, exercise and the management of cholesterol and blood pressure.
For information on heart health, you can visit the following websites: