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Provided by BOCS Chair Ann Wheeler’s Office

Ways to Get Heart Healthy

February is American Heart Month and PWC Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism is providing lots of ways to educate yourself about the risks for heart disease and live a more heart-healthy lifestyle. Offerings include Mind-body WorkshopsTai ChiActive AdultsAquabilitiesPilates Reformer, and Aikido.

Additional Ideas Include:

Regular Physical Activity

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), regular physical activity can positively impact many heart disease risk factors such as:

  • Lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.
  • Increasing “good” HDL cholesterol levels.
  • Managing high blood pressure.
  • Lowering stress and improving mental health.
  • Lowering your risk for other conditions such as type 2 diabetes, depression, and cancer.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Women and Heart Disease

woman with heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women of all ages, races, and shapes and sizes in the United States. Women generally get heart disease about 10 years later than men, but it’s still women’s #1 killer. Women who have gone through early menopause, either naturally or because they have had a hysterectomy, are twice as likely to develop heart disease as women of the same age who have not gone through menopause. Learn more about women and heart disease here.

Women sometimes experience heart disease differently than men, including being:

  • Somewhat less likely than men to experience chest pain.
  • More likely to experience dizziness, fatigue, nausea, pressure or tightness in the chest, and/or stomach pain.
  • More likely than men to have no symptoms of coronary heart disease.
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