heart health

Cardiovascular disease strikes down a staggering number of women each year — it’s the #1 cause of death among women. Still it doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves.

Why not? First of all, women often worry more about other health threats, especially cancer. And sometimes it seems that health practitioners view heart disease as a bigger problem for men.

Women’s heart health may benefit from the protective effects of estrogen, at least till menopause. But cardiovascular disease is different in women, with a separate and distinct set of common symptoms and warning signs.

Women are worried about the threats of heart attack or stroke but there are other concerning issues caused by poor heart health, including premature aging, impaired function and shortened mortality. Many women may not grasp the full list of risks to their heart health, which include high blood pressure, circulation issues, heart arrhythmias, shortness of breath, obesity and more.

While conventional medicine is great at treating cardiovascular emergencies, no woman wants to wait till she’s having a heart attack or stroke to start thinking about her heart.

So don’t let that happen to you. Today is the right time to discover what you can do to prevent heart disease and stay healthy.

Every day is an opportunity to love your heart a little bit more. No matter where you are on life’s timeline, there is always something positive you can do to support your heart so it can do its job as intended. And we know more now than ever before about how to do that.

Why not take that first step toward a healthier heart right now by clicking on one of the links below?

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Cardiovascular disease — what every woman should know, reviewed by Dr. Sarika Arora, MD. We’ve been treating heart disease with major therapies, surgery and prescription drugs for years. But the real secret to heart health is preventing heart disease in the first place. Learn more about our holistic approach.

Cardiovascular diseases and conditions. From angina to cardiomyopathy to stroke, it’s easy to be confused by the different terms used to describe the versions of cardiovascular disease. This list of definitions can help you understand what’s what when it comes to heart problems.

Preventing heart disease — the natural approach, reviewed by Dr. Amber Hayden, DO. Even if you’re the picture of health today, you could be missing the opportunity to take natural steps that can help you avoid the number one health problem for women: heart disease. The little lifestyle and diet choices you make now can make a big difference to your heart health later on. Don’t wait to read this one.

Risk factors for heart disease, reviewed by Dr. Amber Hayden, DO. When it comes to heart disease, prevention is the wisest approach. Understanding all your risk factors — from blood test results and hormonal balance, to dietary and lifestyle habits, stress, and emotional history — is a great first step to take in creating lasting heart health.

Lipid profile — cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. Most doctors request lipid profiles for patients at their annual physicals, but what do the results really mean to your health? This article explains each term and provides the general range in which you want your numbers to fall.