Fact: One in four American women will die from heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The good news? You can take action to improve your heart health. This American Heart Month, let's work together to learn about how we can protect our hearts.
You can take small steps to improve your heart health every day. Here are 5 heart health tips for women to help you keep your ticker in tip top shape:
1. Eat a heart healthy diet. Choose low sodium and salt foods; limit foods that have trans fat, like pastries and fried food; and cut back on sugar. Read tips from the FDA to learn how to maintain a heart healthy diet.
2. Manage your health conditions. Take your medicines as directed and get your blood pressure and cholesterol tested regularly. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar level on a regular basis.
3. Get the facts about aspirin. Some people take aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack or stroke, but it is not right for everyone. Ask your doctor if you should use aspirin.
4. Know the signs of a heart attack in women, including:
- Chest pain (heavy ache or pressure)
- Pain in your upper body (arms, neck, jaw, back or upper stomach)
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
- Unusual or unexplained tiredness
- Feeling dizzy or light-headed
- Feeling sick to your stomach (nausea)
- The signs of a heart attack can be different for women than they are for men.
5. Join a clinical trial. Clinical trials help healthcare professionals learn about how women of different ages, races and ethnic backgrounds respond to heart health treatments. Visit the FDA Office of Women’s Health Women in Clinical Trials web page to learn more about how you can participate in a clinical trial.
Visit the FDA Office of Women's Health's website to learn more about heart disease and what you can do to improve your heart health. This month and beyond, protect your heart by making good heart health decisions!