Many women mistakenly think that heart disease primarily affects men. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. According to the National Institutes of Health, one in four women in the United States dies of heart disease, while one in 30 dies of breast cancer, and an astonishing 80 percent of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more risk factors for heart disease.
“Early identification and management of risk factors for heart disease through a healthy diet, weight management, exercise and stress management, can greatly reduce a woman’s risk for heart disease,” said Paula Harwood, RN, BSN, and manager of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and heart failure at Memorial Medical Center.
“Heart disease takes the lives of far too many people in this country, depriving their families and communities of someone they love and care for—a father, a mother, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, a spouse. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes a year, and 800,000 deaths, just about all of us have been touched by someone who has had heart disease, heart attack, or a stroke.”
- Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular or heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, which equals 2,200 deaths per day. Read the rest of this entry »
Many of us worry what the endless stream of munching does to our waistlines during the holidays, but we often forget that we’re drinking calories, too. And sometimes, a lot of them.
“Every meal – and there are many! – is preceded by drinks, paired with cocktails and wrapped up with aperitifs,” said Christina Rollins, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, a clinical dietitian at Memorial Medical Center. “It’s no wonder we’re bloating more than Saint Nick himself.”
While holidays are meant to be enjoyed, the key to smart holiday cocktail prep is having some good tricks in your back pocket to help minimize that post-holiday bulge, Rollins said. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Memorial Health | Posted in Heart, Nutrition | Posted on 07-11-2012
Eating too many salty foods can create all sorts of health problems, including high blood pressure. What you may not know is that a lot of common foods are packed with excess sodium.
“Excess sodium in our diets has less to do with what we’re adding to our food and more to do with what’s already in the food,” said Emily Bailey, a registered dietitian with Memorial Medical Center. “The average individual is getting more than double the amount of sodium that they need, but there are ways to improve the sodium intake under their control.”
Posted by Memorial Health | Posted in Events, Heart | Posted on 14-05-2012
The American Heart Association recommends adults participate in 30 minutes of moderate activity every day to help protect and maintain heart health. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is through walking.
Because of its simplicity, walking has the lowest drop-out rate of those who adopt the activity. Research shows that walking for at least 30 minutes a day can provide the following health benefits:
We’re all familiar with the typical signs of heart disease – pain, tightness or pressure in the chest.
But there are other signs that may point to heart disease that are easy to overlook. If you experience any of them, you may want to talk to your family doctor. While it may be routine and unrelated to your heart, it doesn’t hurt to have it checked out. Read the rest of this entry »