How will you support your heart?
Happy February! I can’t believe how quickly January has passed. For those of you who made the resolution to “get healthy” (I know I did!), here is some information that might help you keep your resolution.
Friday, February 3rd is Go Red Day. I hope all of you are planning to wear red on Friday to support and promote this nationwide initiative to educate all the women in your life about the risks of heart disease.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.
Most of us don’t start worrying about our heart health until our 40s, 50s, or even 60s…and usually only after we’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
But there is another link to heart disease that we need to be aware of, and that is depression. While depression can strike anyone, research (complements of The National Institute of Mental Health) shows that “people with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression than otherwise healthy people, and conversely, that people with depression are at greater risk for developing heart disease.”
Depression complicates treatment for heart disease by making it harder to take medications and participate in healthy living activities (such as heart-healthy cooking, getting exercise, and proper amounts of sleep). And this is true for both men and women.
Treatment for depression can help both diseases, so please talk to your doctor if you think you might suffer from depression. Your physical health may depend on it. For further information on depression and heart disease, please visit NIMH.
And don’t forget to visit goredforwomen.org to get heart healthy at any age. It’s never too early to start taking care of your health!
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