Although many people think of heart disease as a man’s problem, women can and do get heart disease. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. It is also a leading cause of disability among women.
The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It’s the major reason people have heart attacks. Prevention is important: two-thirds of women who have a heart attack fail to make a full recovery.
The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease. But women of all ages should be concerned about heart disease. All women can take steps to prevent it by practicing healthy lifestyle habits.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Add this healthy habit to your lifestyle today: start eating more oats. Quaker Oats is a good wholesome source of oats. You can eat them raw like cereal or put hot water in them to make oatmeal. I prefer eating them raw. Add organic milk or soy milk and sprinkle some wheatgerm to add essential minerals and you’ve got a delicious, healthy meal. It’s very economical too.
Make it a goal to do something active for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week, improving your body’s cardiovascular health. It can be a something simple like taking a brisk walk outside or jogging. As a precaution, please see your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
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