Hello Health and Lifestyle VIPs,
It’s Dr. Bernadette your friendly informative family medicine doctor prescribing health, healing and happiness and helping you to transition to your passion and purpose. As a physician, it is always difficult when my patients face life-threatening conditions such as cancer, trauma from accidents and some infections. But, what is most disheartening is premature death from a preventable disease such as heart disease.
Heart disease refers to conditions that result in narrowed or blocked blood vessels which lead to chest pain, heart attack, stroke or early death. Cancer is the most feared health condition, but heart disease is the most deadly. It claims the lives of more people than ALL the cancers combined. Heart disease is up close and personal to me. It took the lives of my father and uncles and my brother has suffered multiple strokes.
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. If you think it is a man’s disease, here is a fact that will interest you. While 1 in 31 American women die from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 die from heart disease. The national Go Red For Women Campaign increases awareness that heart disease does not care what you wear!
“Either we changes our ways, especially in the United States, or we will continue to lead the world in heart disease…”~William McNamara
The three ways to prevent a broken heart are know your risk factors for heart disease, recognize signs and symptoms and be proactive about lifestyle changes that decrease your risk.
- Are you at risk of heart disease? Know the risk factors:
Age over 55 for women
A family history of heart disease
High blood pressure
Little or no physical activity
Being overweight or obese
- Recognize the warning signs of heart disease. If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 or go directly to an emergency room. This is not the time to take chances or attempt to self-diagnosis. The signs and symptoms include:
Feeling breathless, often without chest
pain of any kind
Flu-like symptoms—specifically nausea, being clammy, or cold sweats
Unexplained fatigue, weakness, or dizziness
Pain in chest, upper back, shoulders, neck, or jaw
Feelings of anxiety
Symptoms may vary depending on the type of heart disease you have; so, talk to your doctor for more guidance.
- Being proactive is the key to heart health.
Schedule 30 minutes of daily activity
Maintain a healthy weight
Eat a healthier diet that includes fruits, vegetables and lean meat
Decrease alcohol consumption
Keep excessive stress to a minimum with meditation, journaling, art therapy, etc.
Take medications as prescribed to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and manage diabetesIncreasing your awareness of heart disease can save your life: know your risk factors, recognize the signs and symptoms and make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.Thank you for reading my blog and please share it. Look for a new blog on another hot topic next week.In Health, Healing and Happiness,
Thank you for reading my blog and please do share it. Look for a new blog on another hot topic next week.
In Health, Healing and Happiness,
Bernadette Anderson, M.D., M.P.H. has devoted the past 20 years to developing, teaching and educating others on the principles of health and lifestyle transformation. Her approach is to provide simple tools to allow people to be champions of their own healing, health and happiness and transition to a life of purpose and passion. These are the same tools that helped her drop over 140 pounds! She is the founder of Faith Family Health, Inc., a speaker, a health expert for media, bestselling and international published author, has appeared on national commercials and featured in highly-recognized online magazines.Visit her at DrBernadetteMD.com.