Seven Steps You Can Take Now to Maintain Your Heart’s Health

In February, Go Red, heart health, wellness, women on February 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Everyone knows February is Heart Awareness Month. According to the American Heart Association, heart attacks are the #1 killer among women—that means more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.

Healthful eating is just one way to help keep your heart healthy


Here are seven things you can do now to help your heart stay healthy.

  1.  Know that symptoms are different for men and women.  Women almost never experience that “elephant sitting on the chest” feeling but, rather, may feel fatigued, dizzy, short of breath or weak.  Women may have sudden sleep disturbances or cold sweats.
  2. Know your risk factors.  Some, like smoking, are obvious.  But check your blood pressure frequently—there’s a reason it’s referred to as “the silent killer.”  Monitor your cholesterol and watch for diabetes, especially if you’re in a risk factor.
  3. Get regular physical activity.  Try to aim for at least 30 minutes a day.
  4. Engage in behavior modification.  Are you anxious and have trouble sleeping?  Try meditating, yoga, massages, hot baths—anything that can help you relax.
  5. Monitor your diet and nutrition.  Healthy eating can help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and any risk for diabetes in check.
  6. Maintain a healthy weight.
  7. Communication is key!  Be clear with your doctor about your goals, concerns and challenges.  Tell him or her about a symptom, no matter how vague it seems to you.  Be open,  honest and direct.  Speak up–don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t understand something.


Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is a certified nutrition and wellness coach.  Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways To Fire Up your Day:  Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, she is also an Ezine Expert Author and creator of a popular pet wellness blog:

She can be reached through her website:

  1. You always give such great info and you make it so easy to understand. Thanks.

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