Ann DeVelasco, Registered Nurse with Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, says it is a myth that most women in America die from cancer, one in three women will die from heart disease. She also points out there are a lot of young women who are getting heart disease today or being diagnosed with heart disease, and, more in younger women. She says the symptoms in women are different than in men: "I can say that there are many similarities in the way that your heart is affected, but the way that you get to that path, and the symptoms that bring you to treatment, are different."
Ann DeVelasco, Registered Nurse with Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, says risk factor education is not difficult to understand if it is presented properly. "There are risk factors we cannot control, like our age, our family history, but there are many things we could control." The risk factors women can control to avoid heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and obesity.
Women can lower their risk of having a heart disease by doing the following things: committing to a heart healthy diet, exercising daily (at least 30 min/day), watching their weight, quitting smoking, knowing their numbers, and managing stress. Ann DeVelasco, Registered Nurse with Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, explains a heart-healthy diet is low in trans-fat and saturated fat, it is grains, fruits, vegetables, and little red meat. She recommends avoiding whole milk, and fatty meats.
Ann DeVelasco, Registered Nurse with Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, explains what happens in a heart attack: "The arteries carrying blood to your heart have developed plaque over time. Plaque is a buildup of a waxy substance called cholesterol. The wall of the heart becomes damaged." She highlights the longer you have symptoms that go untreated, the more likely you are to have permanent muscle damage to the heart, which can cause you to die, or can cause your life to be greatly altered.
Smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure are the lifestyle risk factors for heart disease in women. Ann DeVelasco, Registered Nurse with Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, says those risk factors can be treated, controlled, or eliminated. She explains nobody should smoke in this day and age. Dr. Alvaro Gomez, Cardiologist with Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, says there are rare forms of heart disease that can occur at the time of labor because of the effort of the process.