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The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women

Taking Control

Now that you know the risks for heart disease, what can you do to protect yourself? The good news: plenty. Research shows that women can lower their heart disease risk enormously—by as much as 82 percent—dozens of down-to-earth ideas for making heart healthy practices part of your daily life.

If you already have heart disease, this section also will tell you about the kinds of tests, treatments, and medications that can help you stay healthier. You will also find out about the warning signs of a heart attack and how to get fast, life-saving help.

For all women, choosing a healthy lifestyle is extremely important. Remember, heart disease is a woman's greatest health threat. Adopting heart healthy habits can add years to your life—vital, active years. Research from the Framingham Heart Study shows that women who have no risk factors for heart disease live an average of 8 years longer than women with two or more risk factors.

Sometimes, women are so good at taking care of others that they don't take the time to keep themselves healthy and strong. Make time to take care of yourself. Making healthy changes in your daily habits will give you more energy and stamina to enjoy the people and activities you love. And once you get started, keep it up. Ask your family and friends to support you in maintaining your new, heart healthy lifestyle. You're worth it!

Research shows that women can lower their heart disease risk enormously—by as much as 82 percent—simply by leading a healthy lifestyle.

Table of Contents Next: A Family Plan for Heart Health

Last Updated: February 29, 2012

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