7 Tips for Women to Maintain Heart Health

Heart diseases are among the leading causes of death in women. Many women don't pay enough attention to the health of their hearts, even though their hearts are full of love and compassion for everyone around them. This article will highlight the most essential tips to help women maintain heart health and avoid fatal heart diseases.

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Published on:Aug 30th 2023 |Updated on:Mar 10th 2024
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 The Importance of Heart Health

The heart is the pulsing muscle that pumps life into your body. It's where your feelings and emotions reside. It beats with happiness, joy, or anticipation and hurts from loss or disappointment. It's the primary engine of life; therefore, caring for your heart should be one of your top priorities. Below are the steps to help you take care of your heart.

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7 Steps to Maintain Heart Health

Prenatal care

Don't be surprised! Committing to regular prenatal check-ups and caring for your health during pregnancy is fundamental to heart health. When you don’t miss any of these visits and screenings, you can detect health issues like gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension. Getting the proper treatment can prevent these conditions from worsening. Both diabetes and high blood pressure significantly affect the cardiovascular system and heart, so it's crucial to prevent or treat them immediately.

Regular Medical Check-ups

Your health is paramount whether you are pregnant, planning to conceive, or not considering pregnancy. Therefore, see your doctor regularly and undergo comprehensive screenings to check blood sugar levels, cholesterol, vitamins, and minerals. Also, keep an eye on your thyroid health. These check-ups will help you detect any health issues and treat them early.

Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

Sticking to a nutritious diet rich in proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats is essential. Drinking adequate amounts of water, reducing the intake of sweets, processed foods, and carbonated drinks, and maintaining a healthy weight while avoiding obesity are essential. In all its forms, avoiding smoking is fundamental to heart health for both men and women.

Exercise Regularly

Engaging in regular physical activity is paramount for heart health. It's essential to exercise for at least five hours weekly. Exercise directly impacts the regulation of hormones and reduces blood sugar levels and cholesterol.

Avoid Stress

It's easy to say and read but hard to implement! I completely understand! Studies have shown that stress, anxiety, irritability, and feeling sad directly affect the heart. Excessive sadness can even lead to death, caused by a condition called "Broken Heart Syndrome"! So, try as much as possible to reduce the causes of stress and anxiety in your life. Don't linger in feelings of sadness; every hardship will pass. Negative feelings will pass, but they can leave your heart broken and in pain. Practice breathing exercises to calm yourself, remember blessings, think positively, and simplify things to maintain your heart's health.

Get enough Sleep

Don't listen to sayings like "sleeping a lot doesn’t prolong life, and staying up late doesn’t shorten it." It's utterly false. It turns out that sleep actually does extend life! Staying up late and not getting enough sleep increases cortisol levels, the so-called "stress hormone." This can also lead to weight gain, hormonal disturbances, heart issues, and arterial problems. It's essential to get enough sleep every day and avoid consuming caffeine at night.

Self-Care

We hear this advice often, but it's a crucial reminder to prioritize your overall health, heart health, and mental well-being. You are the beating heart of your family. Don't physically or mentally exhaust yourself. Always seek help from your husband, family, or friends, or consider hiring help, full-time or part-time. Allocate quality time for yourself: read a book, watch a series or a movie, enjoy your coffee in peace, or take a half-hour walk outdoors. Surround yourself with loved ones and avoid those who upset you. Regularly meet with your friends; their company can heal the heart and soul. Occasionally, pamper yourself with a visit to a beauty salon or get a massage. Remember, romance is a balm for the heart; rekindle the love between you and your husband, and never neglect love.

 

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