Save Your Heart

Friday, February 01, 2008
By Sara Moore
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February is National Heart Health Month. Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in America and approximately two thirds of women who die suddenly from a heart attack had no prior symptoms. Dr. Charles Pollick, Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, tells us what we can do to reduce our risk.

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Since atherosclerosis (degeneration and cholesterol deposits in the arteries) starts in your twenties, everyone over the age of 25 should have their cholesterol and blood pressure checked.

Check your waist measurement to help calculate your risk.

Maintain your ideal weight and cholesterol level.

Your diet should include lots of fiber, vegetables, low sodium, and less packaged and processed foods.

Meat in general is fine, it’s how it’s cooked. Stay away from barbequed meat and meat with too much fat.

Exercise five times a week for at least 30 minutes a day. Do anything that gets your heart above resting levels whether it’s a long brisk walk or 30 minutes in a gym.


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