From an interview with
Dr. John Patton
McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
Every minute in America, a woman dies of a heart attack, stroke, or another form of cardiovascular disease. One out of every three women experience some form of this disease, and yet, according to the American Heart Association, most of those cases are preventable if you lead a heart healthy lifestyle.
Some of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, body weight, and high blood sugar. Work with your primary care physician to make sure they are all within a healthy range. If you have a family history of heart disease, it’s important to share that information with your doctor as well.
Heart disease does not play favorites. Women of all ages can be at risk, and it is important to manage your risk factors starting early. Prevention is key to good heart health, and there are several ways you can reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD).
Knowing the facts about heart disease—as well as the signs, symptoms and risk factors—can help you take steps to protect your health and seek proper treatment if you need it. To learn more, speak with a cardiologist near you.