DALLAS, TX—Heart disease affects millions of Americans, but its impact on women is often under realized.
That perception was a motivating factor for the American Heart Association's (AHA) creation of Go Red for Women, its annual awareness campaign in February.
The American Heart Association uses all revenue from local and National Go Red For Women activities to support awareness, research, education and community programs to benefit heart health. As a result, more than 2 million women have taken the Go Red Heart CheckUp in the last ten years.
Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community in North Dallas, demonstrated its support for the Go Red for Women campaign. More than xxx residents and employees wore the color on February 6th to highlight the cause.
Dr. Mary Norman, MD is the Vice President and Regional Medical Director at Highland Springs. The Southern Methodist University graduate applauds the AHA for its outreach in February. "Traditionally, heart disease is not associated with women, but the statistics tell a different story. Mainly due to lifestyle choices, heart disease claims the lives of one in three females," stated Dr. Norman.
"The good news is that there are simple wellness-related steps that will bolster heart health for people of all ages and genders," described Dr. Norman.
She suggests the following heart health advice:
Know your numbers: Knowledge is power when it comes to your health statistics; they provide clues to your lifestyle choices and potential areas of improvement. An ideal blood pressure reading is 120/70, but levels up to 150/90 may be acceptable depending on your age and other medical conditions. Talk with a physician to evaluate that range. Additionally, a total cholesterol number under 200 is acceptable, and an LDL number (the bad cholesterol) below 100 is ideal.
Don't smoke!: Smoking is arguably the most preventable cause of premature death. When you stop smoking, you lower your blood pressure and reduce LDL cholesterol.
Create an exercise regimen: It's not all about power lifting! A thirty minute walk, a Zumba class or laps in the swimming pool contribute to a non-sedentary lifestyle that improves cardio health. With a friend or a group of classmates, these fun activities enhance socialization.
Good food is good fuel for your body: Another key lifestyle choice, eliminating saturated fats and processed foods contributes to lower blood pressure. Choose a healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits.
"Always talk with your health care provider to determine the proper wellness goals for you," noted Dr. Norman. "As we see in our health and wellness programs at Highland Springs, no two people have identical needs. It's always best to map out a personalized plan."
More information about the Go Red for Women campaign can be found at the AHA website, www.heart.org.
About Highland Springs: Highland Springs is one of eighteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 700 residents. Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.