“Women need to learn about the prevention, signs and symptoms, and treatment of heart disease just as much as men do. There is a lot of publicity about breast cancer and fear of this disease gets women to be proactive with the recommendations for surveillance and management. But coronary artery disease is still the #1 killer in women” says Christina Birch, RN, ANP, Adult Nurse Practitioner at Berkeley Cardiovascular Medical Group, Berkeley, CA. That’s why we’ve spent the week talking about the nine ways to reduce your odds of getting heart disease. Today, the final two:
8. Identify stress points and fix them When you know you’re under stress and need some down time, go for a leisurely walk, take a warm bath, or go for a massage. Whatever you enjoy that relaxes you, find time to do it. If you don’t take care of stresses when they’re small, you could wind up with big problems to fix later on.
9. Alcohol Consumption In the INTERHEART Study, “Regular alcohol use was defined as consumption three or more times a week.” The study suggests that “advice about alcohol use could be best customized to individuals depending on their social, cultural, and religious backgrounds and the overall effect on their health.”
Drinking too much alcohol can, over time, damage your heartand raise your blood pressure. If you drink alcohol, you should do so moderately. For women, moderate drinking means one drink per day. For men, it means two drinks per day. One drink counts as:
- 5 ounces of wine
- 12 ounces of beer
- 1½ ounces of 80-proof hard liquor
We All Need a Little Help We would also love to hear from you regarding tips and tricks you use to stay healthy. Are you using a mobile app to help you quit smoking? Track your blood pressure? Monitor your blood sugars? Help plan your meals? Please share your recommendations in the comment section below.