Wednesday, October 8

just another reason to live well

Turning a new age this past week has brought with it new health concerns. The leading cause of death for women is heart disease and women in their 50's are not immune. In fact, in an article I was recently reading about a study that Yale University had done, women under 55 years who were hospitalized for heart attacks often didn't suspect heart problems. As I researched a bit more, heart attacks in women aren't often recognizable because the symptoms are not typical of what we commonly think - severe gripping chest pain - but can range from shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, unexplained weakness, clammy skin, swelling of lower limbs, pain in the back, shoulder, or jaw. As women nearing menopause will tell you, there's a lot of odd and unusual things happening in your body that make no sense, but heart disease? No, we tend to blame everything on our hormones.

Risk factors for heart attacks are the what seems to be the risk factors for any health problem: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, diabetes, smoking, alcohol, lack of exercise, and high stress levels.

The prevention is what we talk about at Living Well each and every week.

Living well.

Healthy eating habits. An exercise plan. Drinking plenty of water. Getting adequate rest/sleep. A balanced life with low stress levels.

And let's not forget the most important healthy heart aid....a relationship with Jesus Christ. For our spiritual heart plays an important role in our all around health and living well.

"A heart at peace gives life to the body...." ~ Proverbs 14:30a

Having a relationship with Jesus Christ includes having a peace and hope in your life that does transcend all human understanding and I have not found anything that this world offers that can compete for this ultimate stress reliever!

Live well! Live heart healthy! And follow the journeys of other women living well right HERE

Tammy ~@~


Anonymous said...

Some of those stats we hear are eye opening. Thanks for reminding us about this.

Joan said...

Thanks for that great post. I do think I have less stress because of Jesus. It's good to know what symptoms to be looking for and who knows, it may save a life!

God Bless

ValleyGirl said...

Yeah, getting older has its drawbacks, that's for sure!! But there are definitely strategies we can adopt to lessen the possibility of becoming another statistic.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments you've left on my blog and for all the inspiration you've provided me with over the last year.

Love Bears All Things said...

Great job! I'm glad you included the spiritual heart health also.
Mama Bear

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