Older Adults and Caregivers - Help Control Heart Disease & Stroke

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — Heart Disease is the number one killer for women, as well as for men. Unfortunately many women think of a heart attack as a problem for men, not them. Each year, approximately 400,000 American women die from Heart disease and more than 42 million women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease (heart disease). As a matter of fact, heart disease kills more women than the next seven causes of death combined. You probably already know about healthy behaviors for the heart, such as, not smoking, being active, and maintaining a healthy weight and diet. Other important factors are your cholesterol levels, blood pressure and glucose levels. But are you familiar with the risk factor of unhealthy air and the invisible particle pollution that can harm your heart? Do you know where to find information about out the air quality in your community or zip code? (A Note from NCPIE: If taking prescribed or recommended medication for heart disease prevention or treatment, it’s important to follow instructions and to take medicines as prescribed. When in doubt about medicine safe use or possible side effects, contact your healthcare professional team.)
http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/ehwhh/ehwhh_english_100-F-09-043.p...