“While some risk factors cannot be changed, others can be controlled or modified to create a more heart-healthy lifestyle by…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Healthy Heart Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • Healthy Heart
  • Heart Disease Prevention
  • Heart Healthy Diet/Eating
  • Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Risk Factors

Is there an association between risk factors and a healthy heart?

In Listen To Your Heart: Learn About Heart Disease – What Are Your Risk Factors for Heart Disease? the (United States) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) elaborate on:

“Risk factors are conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease. They can also increase the chances that an existing disease will get worse. Important risk factors for heart disease are:

  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having high blood cholesterol
  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Diabetes and prediabetes
  • Smoking
  • Being physically inactive
  • Having a family history of early heart disease
  • Having a history of preeclampsia during pregnancy
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Age (55 or older for women)
Some risk factors, such as age and family history of early heart disease, can’t be changed”.2

Protect Your Heart

How can we protect our heart?

In number 9 in Staying Healthy At Menopause and Beyond the North American Menopause Society explain:

“While some risk factors cannot be changed, others can be controlled or modified to create a more heart-healthy lifestyle by following these modifications:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Control blood pressure
  • Control cholesterol
  • Control triglycerides
  • Prevent diabetes
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain healthy weight or lose weight if overweight
  • Improve nutrition
  • Reduce stress”.3

In Protect Your Heart the World Heart Federation elaborate on:

“Most of the major cardiovascular disease risk factors can be controlled. Here are a few tips on how to control those risk factors and protect your heart:
  • Get active…
  • Stop smoking and protect yourself from tobacco…
  • Eat healthily…
  • Maintain a healthy weight…
  • Know your numbers…
  • Know the warning signs
  • Carefully take your medication
  • Keep track of your achievements and progress…”.4

Heart Healthy Diet

What is a heart healthy diet?

According to the American College of Cardiology:

“A heart-healthy diet is full of fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains and includes low-fat dairy, fish and nuts as part of a balanced diet. It’s important to limit intake of added sugars, salt (sodium) and bad fats (saturated and trans fats)”.5

Know Your Numbers

What numbers do I need to know for a healthy heart?

In Know Your Numbers? They Could Just Save Your Life: Start By Knowing Your Numbers Go Red for Women note:

“Talk to your healthcare provider today to learn about your Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and BMI (Body Mass Index). Your heart depends on it”.6

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with a healthy heart?

If you would like help with a healthy heart, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

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  1. Staying Healthy At Menopause and Beyond: 9. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/women’s-health-and-menopause/staying-healthy-at-menopause-and-beyond Accessed: 25 June 2020
  2. Listen To Your Heart: Learn About Heart Disease – What Are Your Risk factors for Heart Disease? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/heart-truth/listen-to-your-heart Accessed: 25 June 2020
  3. Staying Healthy At Menopause and Beyond: 9. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/women’s-health-and-menopause/staying-healthy-at-menopause-and-beyond Accessed: 25 June 2020
  4. Protect Your Heart. 30 May 2017. World Heart Federation https://www.world-heart-federation.org/resources/protect-your-heart/ Accessed: 25 June 2020
  5. Diet Drinks Could Spell Heart Trouble for Older Women: Questions for You To Consider – Q What Is A Heart-Healthy Diet? 29 March 2014. American College of Cardiology https://www.cardiosmart.org/News-and-Events/2014/03/Diet-Drinks-Could-Spell-Heart-Trouble-for-Older-Women Accessed: 25 June 2020
  6. Know Your Numbers? They Could Just Save Your Life: Start By Knowing Your Numbers. Go Red for Women https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/know-your-risk/know-your-numbers Accessed: 25 June 2020
Topic Last Updated: 31 July 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 25 June 2020
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