Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, The Empowered Mocha Patient is proudly participating in American Heart Heath Month. Over 40% of African-Americans over the age of 20 are affected by heart disease and high blood pressure.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.
To lower your risk:
- Watch your weight.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get active and eat healthy.
Ask Your Doctor
Be an active participant in your own health by taking this list of questions to your next doctor’s appointment and get the answers:
- What is my risk for heart disease?
- What is my blood pressure? What does it mean for me, and what do I need to do about it?
- What are my cholesterol numbers (including total cholesterol, LDL or “bad” cholesterol, HDL or “good” cholesterol, and triglycerides)? What do they mean for me, and what do I need to do about them?
- What is my “body mass index” and waist measurement? Is my BMI in the “normal” range? Do I need to lose weight for my health?
- What is my blood sugar level? Am I at risk for diabetes?
- What other screening tests for heart disease do I need? How often should I return for checkups for my heart health?
- What can I do to quit smoking?
- How much physical activity do I need to help protect my heart?
- What is a heart-healthy eating plan for me? Should I see a registered dietitian or qualified nutritionist to learn more about healthy eating?
- How can I tell if I’m having a heart attack?
For more information about American Heart Health Month and heart disease
Visit these resources/tools:
American Heart Association My Life Check
Friday, February 7, 2014 is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. Join the cause here: Go Red For Women