Your heart races when you feel excited, slows when you relax, and beats steady and strong when you feel safe and loved. It’s your constant companion and the drumbeat to your life. Did you know that if you live to be 100 years old, your heart will have beaten about 3,786,978,960 times? That’s nearly 4 billion heartbeats!
Obviously, your heart works hard to care for you, so it’s important that you care for it. Learn how you can improve your cardiovascular health and why keeping your heart healthy is so important!
Eye-opening statistics about your heart
Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that cardiovascular disease and stroke are major women’s health risks; but knowledge is power and a critical part of healthy living! Consider the following:
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States.
Stroke and cardiovascular diseases are responsible for the death of one in three women every year.
Almost two-thirds of women who die of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factor for heart disease or stroke.
Heart disease kills six times as many women as breast cancer every year, but data shows that women fear breast cancer more.
Heart health tips
Before you get carried away worrying about the state of your heart, remember that there are lots of ways to care for yourself. Try these tips to help you better manage your cardiovascular health and show your heart some love!