Preventing Heart Disease in Women
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Heart disease is a leading killer of women, but there are things you can do to protect your heart. Just in time for National Woman's Heart Day, Lori Mosca, MD, chief medical advisor for the Sister to Sister: Everyone Has a Heart Foundation, told us on Feb.17 what you can do now to prevent heart disease.
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It's particularly important that all women know their specific risk factors for heart disease, because general awareness is not enough. Women need to know what their blood pressure level is, what their cholesterol numbers are, both the good and the bad, and they need to know what they should be. For example:
In addition, they should know their blood sugar should be less than 100; and
their waist circumference should be less than 35. One more thing, the body mass
index, which is a ratio of the weight over the height squared, should be between
18.5 and 24.9.
Many women do not know their specific numbers, but they can find them out tomorrow (February 18, 2005) on National Women's Heart Day at one of 12 major cities across the United States, sponsored by the Sister to Sister Everyone Has a Heart Foundation. The best news is that the screening is completely free and you get your results on the spot. You can also get education from health care providers and experts across the country.
If a woman is unable to attend the free health fair, then she should be sure the next time she goes to her doctor that she learns her numbers: what they should be and how best to get there.
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