For women, heart disease is a more common threat than cancer. One in three women live with a cardiac condition, although many of those women don’t know it! That’s why it’s so important for women to be cognizant of their heart health. Let’s discuss heart health, cardiac problems, and strategies you can employ to boost your cardiac health.

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Cardiac Issues After Menopause

Heart attacks are very common after menopause. That’s an unfortunate truth, but it is knowledge which can help us to address the issue at hand. Regardless of your age, you can make an effort to reduce your risk of cardiac issues. It’s best to address your heart health now, and to make changes to your lifestyle in order to boost your heart health. More about boosting your heart health now…

Boosting Your Heart Health

You can care for your health to mitigate cardiac complications! Take steps to improve your health. Consider changing your diet, exercising a healthy amount, and controlling your weight in order to improve your health and your heart. And please, give up smoking! These four simple steps can add years to your life, while improving your quality of life.

  • Don’t Smoke: Smoking causes heart disease. As the American Heart Association points out, “Cigarette smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States.” They continue, noting, “Cigarette smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease by itself. When it acts with other factors, it greatly increases risk. Smoking increases blood pressure, decreases exercise tolerance and increases the tendency for blood to clot. Smoking also increases the risk of recurrent coronary heart disease after bypass surgery.” Simply put: Don’t smoke.
  • Exercise: Exercise improves your cardiovascular health. If you’re healthy enough to exercise, regular exercise can boost your heart health. While cardio workouts are the best (cardio is part of the name after all), strength training also boosts heart health. In short, if it gets your ticker going, it’s great for your health. Try out running, yoga, weight lifting, swimming, rowing, cycling, hiking, you name it. Even walking 30 minutes per day can improve your heart health. Work out often, and vary your routine for the best whole-body health results.
  • Eat Right: It may sound cliche, but it’s true: You are what you eat. So make the most of your meals with a healthy diet. If you’re looking to improve your heart health, opt for healthy fats and plenty of veggies and fruits. Bolster your diet with fish, and beans, which are both protein-packed (fish oil is also very heart healthy). Add spinach, carrots, peppers, sweet potatoes, and other veggies to your diet. Also, opt for fruits, including berries (which contain fiber and phytonutrients), as well as oranges, papaya, cantaloupe, and others. Tomatoes are good too (Did you know tomatoes are fruits?)!
  • Control Your Weight: A healthy weight improves heart health and cardiac function. Obesity, on the other hand, can be harmful for the heart. Find a healthy weight to improve your heart health and to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Take note, obesity can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, heart disease, and other complications. On the other hand, a healthy weight can improve blood flow, which in turn improves the health of cells throughout the body while reducing the effort required from the heart.

SelfCare for HealthCare™

Here at SelfCare for HealthCare, we encourage self care for nurses and caretakers. In our demanding field, nurses often neglect to care for themselves in the same way that they care for others. Instead, nurses are overworked, overstressed, and unengaged. That can lead to feeling burnt out and dispassionate about the job. Furthermore, as nurses feel stressed and burnt out, healthcare facilities can struggle to retain their nursing talent, and patients may not get as much care as they need.

That’s why we’re here. SelfCare for HealthCare is a unique program that addresses problems like nurse burnout, poor talent retention for healthcare facilities, and low patient satisfaction. Through our year-long initiative, we reach out to each and every caretaker on your team, providing tools to support nurses and reverse these issues which are common in the nursing field.