Feb 042010
 

Kim was 32 years old.   She took herself to the emergency room because she was having severe upper abdominal pains.  The emergency room doctor told her she had a bleeding ulcer and sent her home.  She returned several hours later because the pain was becoming more severe.  The doctor again told her she had a bleeding ulcer and there was nothing more he could do for her.  She refused to leave and demanded additional testing.  It was a good thing she did!  The cardiologist came in and wanted to know where the 32 year old woman was that had suffered a massive heart attack.  Unfortunately for Kim, her heart suffered irreparable  damage.

Make sure this doesn’t happen to you or someone you know.  Be aware that heart disease is the number one killer of women.  This is not all doom and gloom.  There are plenty of things you can do to make sure you are doing good things for your heart.

  • Do not smoke or use tobacco.
  • Get plenty of exercise.  Women who need to lose or keep off weight should get at least 60 to 90 minutes of moderate -intensity exercise on most days.  To maintain your weight, get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, preferably at least 5 days a week
  • Eat a heart healthy diet.  Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat or nonfat dairy products, fish, legumes and sources of protein low in saturated fat.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.  Women should strive for a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9 and a waist smaller than 35 inches.
  • Keep blood pressure under 120/80.

You can go online to www.goredforwomen.org and complete a heart disease risk factor profile and it will calculate based on the information you provide, your risk of having a heart attack or developing heart disease within the next ten years.

Have a great valentine’s day–and remember treat your heart good.  There are a lot of hearts depending on you.

Mauri O’Brodo Wadsworth Team
Company: MonaVie Independent Distributor

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