The common belief that heart disease affects mostly men is a dangerous myth. In reality, more women than men die of heart disease in the United States each year. But according to the American Heart Association, only 8 percent of women know that heart disease is a major threat to their health.
The good news is that heart disease is one of the most preventable health conditions. You have the power to reduce some of your risks:
–Avoid smoking and limit alcohol.
–Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and grain products.
–Control other health conditions that may put a strain on your heart, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
–If you’re at special risk of heart disease, your doctor also may suggest a daily low dose of aspirin.
(Source: Mayo Clinic, on the web at www.mayoclinic.com)