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What you should know about heart disease

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Heart Disease is the leading cause of death of American women and women Veterans. February 3rd is National Wear Red Day for Heart Disease Awareness.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death of American women and women Veterans. It can lead to disability and significantly decrease one's quality of life.

Many women do not recognize Heart Disease as their leading health threat, and many women fail to make the connection between risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and their personal risk of developing Heart Disease.

Women should learn the HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS:

  • Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest
  • Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

What are the risk factors for Heart Disease?

An astonishing 80 percent of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more risk factors for heart disease.

Do any of these describe you?

  • High blood pressure
  • high blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Overweight
  • Physically inactive
  • Family history of early heart disease
  • Post-Menopause or over age 55

How do I find out if I am at risk for Heart Disease?

*See your doctor for a thorough checkup.

*Ask questions about your chances of developing Heart Disease and how you can lower your risk. Don't wait for your doctor to mention heart disease or its risk factors.

*If you already are being treated for Heart Disease or Heart Disease risk factors, ask your doctor to review your treatment plan with you.

*When your doctor asks you questions, answer them honestly and as fully as you can.

*If you don't understand something your doctor says, ask for an explanation in simple language.

*Find out more information at My HealtheVet or at the Women Veteran's Health Care websites.

Remember - February 3rd is National Wear Red Day for Heart Disease Awareness!

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