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Women’s Heart Disease Prevention Checklist

 

by Nora Bass

You have the power to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. And Go Red For Women offers you comprehensive resources from the American Heart Association to help, including this heart disease prevention checklist. Take responsibility for managing your cholesterol levels and heart disease risk. Use these tips to help set you on a heart-healthy path for life.

Chose a healthy lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle is yours to follow if you want it. Your diet, weight, physical activity and exposure to tobacco smoke all affect your cholesterol level and heart disease risk — and these factors may be controlled by:

  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Enjoying at least 150 minutes a week moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, and more than two days a week muscle strengthening activities
  • Avoiding tobacco smoke

Use these tips and healthy habits to improve your heart health every day.

Know your fats

Knowing which fats raise LDL cholesterol and which ones don’t is the first step in lowering your risk of heart disease. Make sure you understand the difference between good fat and bad fat.

Cook heart-healthy

It’s not hard to whip up recipes that fit with the low-saturated-fat, low-cholesterol eating plan recommended by scientists to help you manage your blood cholesterol level and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Cook heart-healthy with Go Red For Women recipes you can sort by meal type or buy the complete Go Red For Women Cookbook.

Understand drug therapy options

For some people, lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough to reach healthy cholesterol levels or control your heart risk. Your doctor may prescribe medication. Learn about:

Avoid common misconceptions

Knowledge is a key to improving your health by knowing how to truly live a heart-healthy life. Here are a few ways to ensure your heart disease knowledge is up to speed:

Work with your doctor

You and your healthcare professionals each play an important role in maintaining and improving your heart health. Know how to talk with your doctor about your cholesterol levels and be sure you understand all instructions. Follow your plan carefully, especially when it comes to medication — it won’t work if you don’t take it as directed. Whether you’ve been prescribed medication or advised to make diet and lifestyle changes to help manage your cholesterol, carefully follow your doctor’s recommendations. Heart risk assessments are recommended by the American Heart Association for the following individuals:

  • People ages 40 to 79 should have their 10-year risk calculated every four to six years
  • People ages 20 to 59 should receive a lifetime risk assessment

Take the Go Red Heart CheckUp

The Go Red For Women Heart CheckUp helps you on your path to improving your heart health by assessing your risk and offering healthy lifestyle information. In addition to your doctor’s examination, let us help you assess your risk for heart disease and stroke.