During the time in life most women are trying to conceive, complicated health issues such as heart disease are rarely front-of-mind. However, even if you think yourself mostly healthy, you might be sabotaging the state of your cardio health without knowing it. Eighty percent of heart attacks can be treated and prevented if you know what steps to take. And for you and any future baby’s sake, knowing your risks for heart health is important.
What You Can Change
Work on improving your cholesterol levels, which do not discriminate based on age. Especially if you have a family history of it, you’ll need to work on lowering them to keep your heart at lower risk.
Know your blood pressure. High blood pressure doesn’t only affect those who are “Type A” or high-strung, it can affect even the most calm person.
Get active every day. Increased physical activity is tied to decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Cease smoking if you haven’t already. Smoking raises the risk of heart disease by up to four times, as it increases the heart rate and blood pressure while damaging blood vessels.
Be careful of your diet and be aware of family history to avoid developing diabetes. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease – it’s the same level of risk as smoking.
Watch your weight. Not to have a magic number on the scale, but because carrying excess weight can strain your heart as well as increase your blood pressure.
Following all of these steps sounds daunting. Tracking and trying to improve your blood pressure and changing everyday habits, all while also trying to stay on top of everything else, can be overwhelming. For help in coming up with plans and having a support team to keep your heart healthy, give us a call at717-747-3099 or click here to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Melanie Ochalski
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