If you're like most women, a healthy heart is something you take for
granted. And when you hear the words "heart attack," you're more likely to
think of your spouse than yourself.
But studies show that heart disease is the number 1 threat to a woman's
health -- causing nearly 1 in 3 deaths in women compared to 1 in 30 for breast
cancer. Yet heart experts say that far too many women don't take the risk of
heart disease seriously and are failing to take steps to prevent it.
"We need for women...
"There’s a lot of reason to believe you can trump your family history or promote a healthier, longer life if you focus as early as possible on the risk factors you can control,” says cardiologist Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Here are the top 5 habits to change, for your heart's sake:
1. Sit Too Much
You may have heard that "sitting is the new smoking." It's true: Spending a lot of time seated is bad for you. Inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active, according to the surgeon general.