It’s National Wear Red Day on February 2 of this year according to the American Heart Association. The purpose of this day is to help raise awareness concerning cardiovascular disease and to help save lives. The entire month of February is considered American Heart month, so we will be focusing on your heart this month in our posts as well.
According to the American Heart Association,
cardiovascular diseases, which includes stroke, claim the lives of about one woman every 80 seconds unnecessarily – because about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable with education and action.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is one damaging symptom that can affect a woman’s body and even lead to a fatal heart attack. It is estimated that almost half the individuals with untreated High blood pressure (HBP) die of heart disease.
There are treatments and lifestyle changes you can make to help control your high blood pressure to reduce your risk of life-threatening complications. For women, issues such as pregnancy, birth control and menopause can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure.
If you have high blood pressure, it’s important to discuss with your doctor the risks associated with taking birth control pills, becoming pregnant or entering menopause. There are many steps you can take to help reduce the risk of heart-related issues during these stages of your life.
If you have high blood pressure, our expert doctors at Marietta OB-GYN may recommend precautions such as:
- Controlling your diet and limiting your sodium intake.
- Exercising and remaining active.
- If you are overweight, we may recommend losing weight to help you have a safe pregnancy and healthier baby.
- Changing harmful habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol.
Our caring and expert doctors at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. provided high risk obstetrics for hypertensive pregnancy patients in Marietta and the surrounding areas. Contact us today.