Consider the following data:

– High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease.

– The link between diabetes and heart disease is even greater among women.

– Know your blood pressure. Having uncontrolled blood pressure can result in heart disease. High blood pressure has no symptoms so it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

Women have the same risk factors as men – hypertension, smoking, obesity, high cholesterol, family history. Yet, diabetes is a stronger risk factor for women than for men.

Women also do not seem to respond as well to treatment. Studies show that women who have had bypass surgery or been treated medically have a higher incident of recurrent heart failure and mortality. That’s why the push for prevention is particularly important for women.

Although women (and men) have no control over their family history, they can make meaningful lifestyle choices to stop smoking, start exercising, watch their diet, and keep their diabetes under control.

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– John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz ; or online at: www.homecarepartnersma.com

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