Long Island Health Coach talks February Heart Health Month

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Long Island Health Coach talks February Heart Health Month

Long Island Health Coach talks February Heart Health Month

Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths every year.Heart disease does not affect all women the same, and sometimes the warning signs for women are not the same as men.  It is important for us to know what signs to look for and helpful tips that can reduce risk.

According to GoRedforWomen.org some of the signs & symptoms we should be on the look out for are:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that last for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness, vomiting.
    If you experience any of these symptoms, follow up with a medical professional immediately.

Know the ways you can reduce your risk:

  • Exercise regularly, aim for at least 30 minutes 5 days per week.
  • Consume a low sodium, low saturated fat, low trans-fat diet.
  • Avoid smoking
  • Maintain a diet high in healthy fats such a fish, avocado, etc
  • Control your cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Speak with your healthcare provider about fish oil supplements
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Manage stress
  • Avoid a diet high in sugar and processed foods.
  • Get regular checks up with your healthcare provider.

Speak with your healthcare provider about the five important numbers you should know for your health:  Total Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and BMI (Body Mass Index).    Your healthcare provider should know your family history and help you schedule the appropriate testing that is required for you. As women we need to stand up and speak out for our health, having the correct information could save your life.  Contact your healthcare provider today and schedule your heart check-up.

One of my favorite ways to help reduce stress and promote relaxation is Lavender Oil, I use it in my diffuser to create a peaceful, calming environment.  You can also apply it to your wrist and neck while you are out to help keep you relaxed.  Looking to add Lavender to your stress management routine check here.

Looking to make a healthy change, but not sure where to start? Check out our blog What is a Holistic Health Coach and Why do I need one, to learn more.

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