Today marks the first day of the national Women’s Health Week – a week for women to stop and make their health a priority. This year, each day will focus on a different element of women’s health including heart health, mindfulness, bone health, physical activity and sleep and fatigue.
As health professionals we are encouraging you to get to know the facts to prevent illness and make positive changes in your life which can have a huge impact on your health.
Today we look at Heart Health
- Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in women in Australia
- Your risk of heart disease significantly increases following menopause
- Get regular check ups with your GP to check blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels
- Symptoms of heart attack are different to men and may present as dizziness, breathlessness or feeling sick, pain in the back, arm or jaw
- Positive changes you can make:
- Spend less time sitting
- Snack on healthy nuts such as almonds or walnuts
- Eat a healthy diet full of plants, legumes and a little fish and lean meat
For more information on how to live a healthy lifestyle particularly when it comes to heart disease click here.
If you are concerned about your heart health make sure you book an appointment with your GP. If you’re looking to improve your activity levels come and have a chat with one our physios to get a tailored exercise program to suit you.