When I began doing research for this article for Heart Health Month, I was alarmed by the fact that in the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds and every 60 seconds someone in the U.S dies from a heart disease-related event.
Even more disconcerting was the fact that since 1984, MORE WOMEN THAN MEN have died each year from heart disease. Since only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat, I decided to specifically focus on that topic given these shocking and relatively unknown statistics.
- Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and more deadly than all forms of cancer combined
- While 1 in 31 American women die from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 die of heart disease.
- Among women heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
- An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
- Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
RISK FACTORS FOR WOMEN
According to the Mayo Clinic, the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease — such as high cholesterol,
high blood pressure and obesity — affect women and men. In women,
other factors may play a bigger role in the development of heart disease. For example:
- Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease significantly more in women than in men.
- Metabolic syndrome — a combination of fat around your abdomen, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high triglycerides — has a greater impact on women than on men.
- Mental stress and depression affect women’s hearts more than men’s. Depression makes it dif cult to maintain a healthy lifestyle and follow recommended treatment, so talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression.
- Smoking is a greater risk factor for heart disease in women than in men.
- A lack of physical activity is a major risk factor for heart disease, and as a group, women tend to be less active than men.
- Low levels of estrogen after menopause pose a signi cant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease in the smaller blood vessels (microvascular disease).
- Pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure or diabetes during pregnancy can increase a woman’s long-term risk of high blood pressure and diabetes as well as increase the risk of heart disease in both the mother and child.
WHAT TO DO?
There are several lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of heart disease:
- Quit or never begin smoking.
- Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day on most days of the week, or if you need to lose weight, exercise 60 to 90 minutes.
- Avoid spending hours every day sitting.
- Keep your diabetes and/or high blood pressure under control.
- Manage your stress.
- Do not consume large amounts of alcohol.
- Be certain you are receiving proper daily nutrition.
IDNutrition is the one weapon in your lifestyle arsenal to help you receive proper daily nutrition, for everyday foundational health or supporting
your fight against the risks of heart disease. In addition to the heart-specific nutrients Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin E, Tocotrienols, L-Carnitine, Magnesium and Omega-3s that are the core of any program supporting cardiovascular health, IDLife contains many complementary nutrients such as the methylated coenzyme forms of Vitamin B12 and Folate that help control the health of your arteries and blood vessels.
Of course, a critical safety component of your IDNutrition Assessment is the fact it recognizes any Prescription or OTC drugs you may be taking (for heart health or any medical condition) and how they might interact with specific vitamins. Certain vitamins are blocked from your program to prevent any drug-nutrient interactions. Also, since many of these same drugs DEPLETE critical nutrients from your body, your IDNutrition Program recognizes that danger and replaces those nutrients in your daily packets. An example would be those with heart disease or high cholesterol and are taking a “Statin” drug should know that these drugs deplete Coenzyme Q10 from your body. This could lead to breakdowns in the energy system within your heart cells as well as cause potential muscle damage from the drug. The IDLife review software recognizes that Statins deplete this nutrient and adds COQ10 into your packets to help restore that depleted nutrient.
THE TAKE AWAY
Since 1984, Heart Disease has killed more of the women we love than men. However, only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. Aging can cause changes in the heart and blood vessels. While your heart may not beat as fast during stress or physical exercise as we age, it is “disease” that causes heart problems. In addition to foundational health and vitality, IDNutrition has many features that provide strong support for those who have or choose to reduce their risk for heart disease. I hope this article has increased awareness and provided lifestyle changes that could help reduce the risk of heart disease.