Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:58

Show your heart some love

The heart gets a lot of attention in February. With all the cards and flowers, it's easy to think of it as the abstract and emotional concept rather than the muscular organ that it is. If you're a woman, however, there's a solid reason to take your heart seriously. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women. It's more deadly than all types of cancer. While one in 31 women in America will die of breast cancer each year, one in three will die from heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. So what can women do to prevent the disease? The Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have both released tips on how to stop the disease. 

-- Don't smoke. Most people think that smoking puts them at risk for lung cancer. What they don't know is that smoking also puts your body at risk for heart disease. The American Heart Association states that smoking increases your risk of heart disease and stroke two to four times. They go on to explain that it damages your blood vessels, and makes your blood sticky, creating the perfect environment for blood clots. The bottom line: health officials say to quit, or never start. 

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