6 heart health tips for mothers

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Heart disease have been a serious issue for some time now because of the way some us render nonchalant attitudes to our heart health. There are cases of mortality and morbidity in almost all parts of the world today. It is a thing of concern especially if we look at the ways it have been affecting women and mothers of this age.

As a result of the affectionate characteristics of mothers, you will notice that they normally put their families first in anything they do, they cater for them and leaving their own selves least in their priority list. That is how wonderful women are. But in order to fulfil the task of taking care of their families and loved ones, it is wise that mothers should first of all take proper care of themselves too.
Heart disease is a well known leading cause of death in both women and men in the world today, but it has a record of killing more women compared to men. This may be as a result of the much stress women passes through when catering for their families and loved ones and at the same time, maintain a balance in their career.

Heart disease does not only attack the elderly people, it cuts across all ages. Young mothers need to be aware of the symptoms and some of the risks that are unique to women alone. In this page, we shall be looking at some heart health tips that will be useful for mothers and women as a whole.

6 heart health tips for women and mothers

1. Be aware of the symptoms
The heart attack symptom that is very common for women is pain, pressure or discomfort in their chest. Chest pain is also a symptom that is seen in men, but the pain is not as severe when compared to that experienced by women. The reason is because the smaller and main arteries of women easily gets blocked. Such condition is known as small vessel heart disease or microvascular disease.

There is also another difference in the chest pain symptoms that is been experienced in men and women. In women, the symptom often occur while they are sleeping or resting. Women can sometimes, also experience heart attack without experiencing any form of chest pain at all. Some other symptoms of heart disease that are likely experienced by women includes the following:

·         Shortness of breath
·         Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
·         Nausea and vomiting
·         Right arm pain
·         Sweating
·         Unusual fatigue
·         Light headedness or dizziness

That is it for the symptoms, the next tips comes up below.

2. Knowing the risk factors
Another heart disease difference between women and men is that which relates to smoking, which is a high significant heart disease risk factor for humans today. Smoking releases nicotine which narrows the arteries, and carbon monoxide which damages the inner lining of the arteries, limiting blood flow and increasing the risk of heart attack.

Various studies have discovered smoking to be a major risk factor in women compared to men. A woman who is a chain smoker have the probability of having a heart attack compared to one who does not smoke at all. Quitting smoking is one of the best ways a woman can lower her risk of acquiring heart diseases.

Another major risk factor to develop a heart disease is obesity. It is also a major risk factor in women compared to men. Being overweight is extremely dangerous because it can trigger other medical conditions such as high blood pressure. diabetes, and high cholesterol. All of these makes a woman to become more susceptible to heart disease.

3. Maintain a low BMI
MBI is known as Body Mass Index. It is derived by dividing a person's weight in Kg by his or her height in m2. Maintaining a body mass index below 25 is favourable in the reduction of heart disease risk. Also keeping a waist line below 35 inches is greatly encouraged.

Engaging in various aerobic exercise is a good way of maintaining a low BMI.

4. Pay attention to other conditions
Other health issues can also make a woman to be prone to heart disease or increasing her risk of acquiring heart disease. Example are inflammatory conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis , which is very common among women. Both of them have the ability of increasing the risk of heart disease at least 2 to 3 times.

Pregnant mothers who have high blood pressures are also at greater risk of developing heart disease. Also, the female hormone known as oestrogen, decreases after menopause making women more susceptible to heart disease. Women who have premature menopause (at the age of 40 or younger) and who do not receive therapy are significantly more likely to develop heart disease than other women.

5. Prevent flu
Preventing flu can also help women in lowering their risk of getting a heart disease. A 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that the flu vaccine lowers the chance of developing heart disease and lowers the chance of dying from heart disease.

6. Maintain a healthy eating habit
Despite the dreaded nature of heart disease, the good news is that maintaining a healthy eating habit is capable of preventing more than 80% of heart disease. As a mother, you should be eating diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats. Be physically active and maintain a healthy body weight. In conclusion, if you are the type that smokes, please put an end to it.

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