February is Heart Healthy Month

Nearly 500,000 US women die of heart disease and stroke each year. Yet, cardiovascular disease continues to be seen as an “old man’s disease.” The Healthy Moms Magazine does not want you to be a victim of this myth. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign’s interactive Heart Health CheckUp tool can help you learn about your risk of heart disease.

Below are a few heart healthy tips from The American Heart Association and UbiCare, a new social media tool that provides hospitals with reliable health information to share with patients via their Facebook page:

If you, or a loved one, were having a heart attack, would you know it? The top 5 symptoms of a heart attack are:
(1) Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
(2) Chest pain or discomfort.
(3) Pain or discomfort in arms, shoulder, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
(4) Shortness of breath.
(5) Cold sweat, nausea.

No one has a crystal ball when it comes to health, but researchers are gaining a better understanding of predictors of future health. Check out this tool for estimating your chances of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. (You’ll need to know your cholesterol levels and blood pressure.) Are the results what you expected?

Have high blood pressure? Your daily diet is a key part of managing hypertension. But knowing how much and what to eat isn’t always so simple. The National Institutes of Health offer a handy DASH Eating Plan. This Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension doesn’t require special foods or complicated recipes.

You know too much salt is not good for you. The challenge is finding all the salt hidden in processed and prepared foods. About 75% of our salt consumption comes from processed and restaurant foods. Did you know there can be more salt in a single muffin than a bag of potato chips? Do you read food labels and ask about nutritional information? What has surprised you most?

Don”t forget to wear red for women this month.

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