February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the main cause of death for women in the United States. Over 289,000 women die from heart disease each year.

Many people exhibit no symptoms while some may experience angina, pain in the neck, throat, jaw or back. You may experience this pain during rest, after physical activity or even mental stress.

Women with heart disease may experience a heart attack, arrhythmia, heart failure or a stroke.

Women with high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol or women that smoke may be more likely to have heart disease. If you are overweight, diabetic, have little physical activity or drink excessive alcohol you may also be at risk of heart disease. 

You can reduce the risk of getting heart disease by monitoring your blood pressure, talking to your doctor about getting tested for diabetes, checking your cholesterol, making healthy food choices, limit your alcohol intake, lowering your stress levels and quitting smoking.