by the experts at Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's Hospitals
February is American Heart Month. Are you doing all you can to keep your heart healthy?
Heart disease was once considered only a man's problem. But according to the American Medical Association, cardiovascular disease is also the number one killer of women. They estimate that one in nine women ages 45 to 64 have some sort of heart disease, but the ratio jumps to one in three for women over 65. So it's essential that you adopt a heart healthy lifestyle and maintain it as you get older. This is especially important for those with a family history of heart disease.
It is essential to be aware of the factors that indicate a higher risk of heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and family history. You can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease through lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, controlling your weight, eating healthier, and getting enough exercise.
Sacred Heart Hospital offers an online assessment tool that can help you learn more about your own heart risk factors. HeartAware is a convenient online tool that allows you to have your heart health assessed in just seven minutes. Log onto www.sacredhearteauclaire.org today to take your free, personal heart assessment!