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Lisa M. Bartels, MD, discusses heart disease in women, and how you can prevent it in your own life.

Heart Health Basics

As women, we don’t have an easy introduction to heart disease. More than likely we meet heart disease through a cardiac event like a heart attack, heart failure, and or an arrhythmia. The silence of heart disease is life shattering as 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no symptoms.

The good news is that having a better understanding of what you can do to improve your heart health and making positive lifestryle changes can help greatly reduce your risk of develping heart disease later in life.

Reduce your chances for getting heart disease by:

  • Checking your blood pressure regularly. High blood pressure has no symptoms but uncontrolled blood pressure increases the work of your heart.
  • Controlling diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes increases your chances of heart disease.
  • Discuss with your provider regular checks of your cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Daily healthy food choices are vital to decreasing weight and lowering your risk for heart disease.
  • Lower your alcohol intake to 1 drink daily.
  • Learn healthy ways to cope with stress.

Please consider caring for yourself as described; your life depends upon you!

If you have questions or need more information about cardiovascular procedures, contact Carrie Snyder, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC—Beebe Healthcare’s cardiac nurse navigator—by calling (844) 316-3334 or emailing cardiacnavigator@beebehealthcare.org.

To learn more about Cardiac and Vascular services at Beebe Healthcare, visit https://www.beebehealthcare.org/cardiac-vascular-services.