Mon Health promotes women's heart health

Mon Health promotes women's heart health

Friday was Wear Red Day promoted by the American Heart Association in hopes to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease in women.

Dr. Dave Varma, the Director of Augusta Health Cardiology, said telltale signs of heart disease can range from severe pain to an uncomfortable, tight feeling in the chest, which may go away after a few minutes - known as angina. Start by scheduling an appointment with your doctor to discuss your risks and how to lower them. Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of 1 in 3 women - a third of our mothers, sisters and friends.

Employers can help promote cardiovascular health by creating work sites that support blood pressure control, cholesterol management, tobacco control, good nutrition and encourage physical activity, according to the Center for Disease Control Foundation. If you've had a heart condition, like a heart attack or heart transplant, Medicare covers cardiac rehabilitation programs that include exercise, education, and counseling. For instance, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables.

The month of February is often associated with Valentine's Day and the season of love, but it's also Heart Health Awareness Month.

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The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department wants to help inform the public about what it takes to have a healthier heart.

There are some lifestyle choices women can make to minimize their risk of heart disease. Turning 65? Confused about Medicare?