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Taking Control of Your Heart Health
Message Sponsored by The Family Health & Fitness Ministry
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About 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, and yet only 54% of women recognize heart disease as a major threat. The good news is many heart disease risk factors can be controlled by you.

Our goal is to help the women who live and work in the communities we serve understand their risk factors. Most importantly, we hope to teach our community the steps they can take to minimize the likelihood of developing heart disease or ever experience a major cardiac event.

Risk Factors
Understanding your personal risk factors of heart disease is critical for all women. With that information in hand, you can take the necessary actions to lead a heart healthy lifestyle and decrease risk. Most of the following risk factors are controllable.
  1. SMOKING  Smoking increases your risk for many other diseases. However, only one year after quitting, your heart disease risk drops by more than half.
  2. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE The ideal blood pressure is 120/80, while a reading of 140/90 is considered high. To lower your blood pressure, talk to your doctor about adopting a low-sodium diet that incorporates fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods.
  3. HIGH CHOLESTEROL Total cholesterol is comprised of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). To lower your risk of heart disease, you should work to lower your LDL through healthy eating and exercise. Your doctor may also recommend certain medication in conjunction with your lifestyle changes.
  4. OBESITY In addition to increasing your risk for heart disease, if you are overweight or obese, your risk for stroke, diabetes, arthritis and more increases. Small changes, like trading out soda for water or baking chicken instead of frying can make major improvements in your heart health and waistline!
  5. DIABETES Managing your diabetes is important as you work to adopt a heart healthy lifestyle. For more information about controlling your diabetes, visit our Diabetes & Endocrinology Center.
  6. PHYSICAL INACTIVITY Physical inactivity increases your risk for obesity, as well as several other heart disease risk factors. Start small, but just get moving! Take a walk after dinner, or do jumping jacks at every TV commercial break—you'll be amazed at how much better you (and your heart!) will feel.
  7. FAMILY HISTORY Although your family history cannot be changed, it is important to keep your doctor informed of a history of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes within your family.
  8. POST MENOPAUSE After menopause, women are more likely to develop heart disease due to a drop in their production of estrogen.
Talking to Your Doctor
Having a primary care physician and building a strong relationship with them is crucial in your battle against heart disease. Your physician will help you understand your risk factors and what lifestyle changes you may need to make to decrease those risk factors. Make sure to schedule yearly wellness exams, and bring this list of questions to your next appointment to start the conversation.
Disclaimer: Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church does not have any intention to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health. All Content provided on or through the Site:(i) is provided for informational purposes only, (ii) is not a substitute for professional medical advice, care, diagnosis or treatment, and (iii) is not designed to promote or endorse any medical practice, program or agenda or any medical tests, products or procedures.  If you are unsure about your medical condition, consult a licensed physician. Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is not liable for any injuries and/ or losses as a result of relying upon information contained herein.

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