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Do This - Not That: Heart Disease

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What to do and not do during menopause for your healthy heartWhat should I do or not do to make sure my heart is healthy, especially during menopause?


As a woman, you are already at higher risk for heart disease. When you enter menopause, your risks increase. So what can you do to help keep your heart healthy and reduce your risks? Lots!

There are several steps you can take–both big and small–to help you have a healthy heart. You don’t have take heart disease lying down. In fact, getting up and moving is one of the things that’s good for your heart!

DO THIS:

  • Talk to your doctor.
  • Have regular screenings: blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, BMI, etc.
  • Know your family history.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Include aerobic exercises.
  • Get up and move throughout your day.
  • Cut back on salt, sugar, and fat.
  • Add veggies and fruits to your meals.
  • Choose whole grains.
  • Switch to low-fat dairy products.
  • Eat more fish and chicken.
  • Snack wisely.
  • Decrease cholesterol.
  • Consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
  • Be happy–a positive attitude is good for your heart.
  • Treat anxiety and depression.
  • Manage stress.
  • Use at least as many calories you take in.
  • Watch portion sizes.
  • Read labels.

NOT THAT:

  • Don’t underestimate a healthy diet.
  • Don’t ignore symptoms.
  • Don’t assume you aren’t at risk.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t drink more than one alcoholic beverage per day.
  • Don’t overindulge with meals, snacks, or beverages..
  • Don’t forget omega-3's.
  • Don’t eat an excessive amount of red meat.
  • Don’t starve yourself–replace poor food choices with healthy ones.
  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Don’t fill up on empty calories.
  • Don’t forget your fiber–with plenty of water.
  • Don’t spend most of your day sitting.
  • Don’t ignore snoring.
  • Don’t skip your teeth–there’s a link between gum disease and heart disease.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

01-25-2016 - 11:25 AM


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