February Is American Heart Month

Why should women be concerned about heart disease? It’s the number one killer of women in the United States today. What can women do to prevent heart disease? The American Heart Association says they should monitor their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels regularly, stop smoking, increase their physical activity and monitor their target heart rate, and maintain a healthy diet (the DASH Diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is a good one) with a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 25. The Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas recommends a diet with an average daily cholesterol intake of 300 mg.

For the U.S. Centers for Disease Control look at the problem, go to http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HeartMonth/.

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