Seeing this headline gave us pause (and we apologize in advance if it spiked your stress levels a bit). But there’s a good reason why we wanted to highlight this article—not to scare you, but to make you aware, as lack of awareness seems to be the reason why heart disease is rising in women between the ages of 29 and 45. The main points to take away from this piece: 1. Don’t be afraid to call 911 if you’re experiencing symptoms of a heart attack (discomfort in the neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdomen, dizziness, nausea, right arm pain, shortness of breath and sweating or unusual fatigue) since 36% of women will pass a heart attack off as indigestion. And 2., Healthy lifestyle choices begun early on will significantly help your heart’s chances. Sure, it’s tempting to think that since we’re young, a little junk food here and there isn’t going to hurt. But don’t get too comfortable with that mentality. Instead, practice prevention with regular aerobic exercise, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, six to eight hours of sleep (chronic sleep doubles the risk of heart disease) as well as laughing often and striving to be more optimistic.
Young Women's Hearts at Risk
October 24, 2016