Heart Disease in Women

With former President Bill Clinton in the news recently with heart problems, many people tend to think that heart disease mainly affects men. What many don't know is that one out of two women will die from a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease, which will affect millions of women in the U.S.

To top that off, only one out of 10 women knows this fact. Currently, heart disease and stroke are the number one cause of death among women. However, a little prevention can go a long way. The latest, more stringent guidelines on reducing heart disease risk by lowering cholesterol (from the National Institutes of Health, released July 2004) notes that diet is one of the lifestyle changes that can make a difference.

Another simple thing women can do for their health is thinking before they open the fridge. By opening that door, they can see what will ultimately end up inside them, you are what you eat. To make simple changes look for products with high percentages of fat and saturated fat and substitute them with healthier options: turkey can replace ground beef, fresh fruit for fatty snacks, non or low-fat milk can replace whole milk, yogurt or sorbets for ice cream, spray or tub margarine for butter.

For healthy heart facts and information go to www.healthyfridge.org.