Many people consider strokes a health condition that affects only seniors. But new research indicates that younger adults who are smokers or have abused drugs or alcohol may be at higher risk for experiencing a stroke.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year. New research conducted in Ohio and Kentucky identified that drug abuse, heavy drinking and smoking may affect the heart, arteries and blood, increasing risk of stroke at a young age. View full article »
Recognizing National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, September 29, 2010
The statistics are shocking: 90 percent of American women “fall short” of pursuing a healthy diet, and 85 percent do not spend at least 30 minutes exercising five days a week, reports the American Cancer Society.
It’s time for women to change their habits.
National Women’s Health & Fitness Day – September 29, 2010 – provides an opportunity for women to take a few minutes to evaluate their personal health and fitness and develop a plan to improve, such as making time for regular physical activity or eating more nutritious meals.
Consider this list of the top health concerns for women:
- Heart disease. Historically, Americans have considered heart disease a “man’s” disease, but each year, more than 500,000 American women die from heart attacks associated with cardiovascular disease.
- Cancer. One in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime. Women are most commonly diagnosed with lung cancer, followed by breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
- Strokes. Each year, more than 425,000 women have strokes.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). About 20 percent of American women suffer from COPD, including bronchitis and emphysema.
- Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 5 percent of women over age 65 have Alzheimer’s disease.
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Recognizing World Heart Day, September 26, 2010
How healthy is your heart?
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death of Americans, affecting about one-third of the population, according to the American Cancer Society.
The good news is that heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes are preventable at least 80 percent of the time. The prescription for a healthy heart is to eat nutritious meals and exercise for 30 minutes five days a week.
Not just for men. Historically heart disease has been considered a probability for men, but women are six times more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer.
Four risk factors women face. Men and women share traditional risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. In addition, women face four other risks that affect their heart health: View full article »