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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 00:04

Take Good Care of Your Corazon!

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Heart for February February American Heart Month. While heart problems have always been associated with men’s health, cardiovascular disease is actually the number #1 killer of women age 18 and above. Mujeres, we have a responsibility to take care of our heart health and make lifestyle decisions that can help us reduce our risk for heart disease. It's so easy to put our loved ones ahead of our own health needs, we tend to do this a lot, but we need to make sure that we take care of ourselves too.

According to the US Dept. of Health, "Heart disease is the #1 killer of Latinas in the United States.  Together with stroke, heart disease accounts for a third of all deaths among Latinas—cancer, the second-leading cause of death, accounts for about a fifth. Latinas also have high rates of some factors that increase the risk of developing heart disease, such as diabetes, overweight and obesity, and physical inactivity."

The good news is that many initiatives have blossomed throughout the month of February to raise awareness and provide information to improve women’s heart health.   With healthy lifestyle choices, women can lower their risk of heart disease by 82%!  To learn more about what you can do to keep your heart healthy check out our full article here.

According to T H E  H E A R T  T R U T H ® F O R  L A T I N A S:  A N  A C T I O N  P L A N, questions to ask your doctor are:

  1. What is my risk for heart disease?
  2. What is my blood pressure? What does it mean for me, and what do I need to do about it?
  3. What are my cholesterol numbers? (These include total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides, a type offat found in the blood and food.) What do they mean for me, and what do I need to do about them?
  4. What are my “body mass index” (BMI) and waist measurement? Do they mean that I need to lose weight for my health?
  5. What is my blood sugar level, and does it mean I’m at risk for diabetes? If so, what do I need to do about it?
  6. What other screening tests for heart disease do I need?
  7. What can you do to help me quit smoking?
  8. How much physical activity do I need to help protect my heart?
  9. What’s a heart healthy eating plan for me?
  10. How can I tell if I may be having a heart attack? If I think I’m having one, what should I do?
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