They say 40 is the best decade in a woman’s life because they have already gone through a plethora of necessary life experiences and knowledge to carry on with a happier, more fulfilled life.
While this remains true, women over 40 also begin to feel some physical changes. Aging can cause our bodies to fluctuate, decline, weaken, and become more prone to many diseases. When a woman reaches 40 and above, the risk of heart disease also rises along with age.
Heart failure is among the leading cause of death in women of all ages and especially those of us who are the wrong side of 40, especially after they reach the menopausal stage. While the numbers are high, we want you to know that there is no need to fret if you are already pushing 40.
How does heart disease affect women?
Despite increases in awareness over the past decades, only about half (56%) of women recognize that heart disease is their number 1 killer.
Learn more facts about women and heart disease:
According to the CDC Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 314,186 women in 2020—or about 1 in every 5 female deaths.2
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American and white women in the United States.
- Among American Indian and Alaska Native women, heart disease and cancer cause roughly the same number of deaths each year.
- For Hispanic and Asian or Pacific Islander women, heart disease is second only to cancer as a cause of death.
- About 1 in 16 women age 20 and older (6.2%) have coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease:
- About 1 in 16 white women (6.1%), black women (6.5%), and Hispanic women (6%)
- About 1 in 30 Asian women (3.2%)
Don’t worry because there are ways to prevent this from happening.
Making healthy choices in life is important especially as you age. You can make a significant change as early as now. It is never too late to embark on a healthier lifestyle because what you do now can greatly impact your future health.
Hormonal Fluctuations & Women’s Heart Health
The changes and the hormonal fluctuations in a woman’s body may play a part in her heart health.
This usually happens between ages 45 and 50. Associated physical, mental, and emotional symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, emotional changes, moodiness, and irritability.
The changes that occur in a woman’s body during and after menopause include changes in the walls of the blood vessels, changes in the levels of fats in the blood, and increases in fibrinogen levels.
These can cause more blood clots to form and a clot in the heart can cause a heart attack and a clot in the brain can cause a stroke.
It can be quite alarming, but there are ways to reduce the risks.
Healthy Body Weight & Light Therapy
Our weight has a direct effect on our hearts. If you are overweight, your heart has to work extra hard to pump blood throughout your body. When it pumps harder, the higher the blood pressure will be.
Losing weight if you are quite over your proper weight is one of the best ways to reduce heart health risks.
Doing so can lower your cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of diabetes, and make you feel more energized.
However, you should lose weight the right way and not forcefully or abruptly. One effective, safe, and painless way to do it is with Light Therapy.
Light Therapy is a non-invasive alternative to surgery with no downtime and it delivers rapid results with no discomfort or the need to exercise harder or go on a strict diet. It helps increase your metabolism leaving you with more energy, has no adverse side effects, prevents future weight gain, and can be done right in the comfort of your own home.
Another breakthrough in laser therapy is Laser Therapy Health Hub™. It combines the power of laser acupuncture with the latest red light irradiation technology that helps treat a wide range of health conditions. This Semiconductor Laser Physiotherapy Instrument reduces the risk of stroke, heart attacks, and thrombosis.
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Thanks, Sam xx