With cardiovascular disease being the leading cause of death for Americans, taking steps reduce your heart attack risk is important. For women, that call to action is not as easy.
Women have different symptoms than men when it comes to having a heart attack. Nausea, profound fatigue, flu-like symptoms and a general feeling of indigestion may occur without traditional chest pain, numbness or radiating pain to the neck or left arm.
Here are five things you should be doing to support your heart health.
- Eat more whole foods. Foods that do not carry a nutritional label like fruits and vegetables are whole foods. Strive for at least five servings of these “no label” foods each day.
- Exercise regularly. The best form of exercise to improve heart health is high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Alternate 60 seconds of high-intensity cardio with a two-minute recovery period during your 30 minute daily workouts.
- Stress less. Namaste! Take a deep breath and focus on positive thoughts. Developing a regular practice of meditation, yoga or prayer can help reduce stress hormones and reduce your blood pressure too.
- Stand in the sun. Vitamin D is produced by the body from exposure to the sun. Those with lower vitamin D levels show a higher risk for heart disease than those with higher vitamin D levels.
- Boost your O’s.+ Omega-3 fatty acids are important for heart health. Although you can get omega-3’s from your diet from cold water fish, supplements can be just as useful. Opt for fish oil supplements like Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg softgels. Every two softgels provide 600 mg of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.++
Remember having a healthy heart comes from a number of factors that you can’t change like genetics, your age and sex. But by making these simple changes, you can dramatically reduce your risk factors and love your heart more.
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++These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.