Preventing heart disease in women

Did you know that most women are not aware that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, even higher than breast cancer and surveyed in a recent study, women listed therapies to prevent cardiovascular disease that are not even evidence-based.

Women's knowledge of heart attack warning signs requires attention since nearly half of women report they would not call 9-1-1 if they were having heart attack symptoms, according to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Education is key. Not enough is being done to educate Her book "Heart Health for Black Women" provides essential information on healing and preventing heart disease.

The 3 most common types of heart disease:

  • High blood pressure: (140/90) causes include stress, some prescription and over-the counter medications, diabetes, lack of rest and/or exercise.

  • Heart attack: Severe blockage of an area of heart tissue.

  • Stroke: Occurs when blood flow is stopped to an area of the body via inappropriate clotting.
Evaluate your risk factors and determine what changes you can make to create and maintain increased heart health.

While healthy diet is important there is no substitute for exercise even moderate will significantly reduce heart attack risks

Important lifestyle modifications/alternative therapies that an adult can do to prevent cardiovascular disease:
  1. Eat quality food, eliminate oxidized, rancid oils and added sugars
  2. Deal effectively with stress - don't pretend that there is no stress, deal with it!
  3. Exercise for the fun and joy of it on a regular basis find activities you enjoy and schedule daily activity
  4. Take supplements and herbs that support your personal "weak links"
Some examples of naturopathic supplements that can decrease your dependence upon medications:
  • Pure fish oil, Omega 3s
  • Ginger and turmeric, for inflammation
  • Green tea for unfriendly cholesterol
  • Magnesium for high blood pressure
  • Calcium for mild insomnia
  • Shea fruit extract
Fish oil, omega 3's can prevent heart disease- they keep blood (platelets) more slippery, preventing clots and helps keep blood vessels from rupturing, prevent formation of atherosclerotic plaques.

Check with your healthcare provider conventional or naturopathic to monitor your risk factors.

About Dr. Beverly Yates:

Dr. Beverly Yates, ND is a California licensed doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a 1994 graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She is also a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and minored in bio-electrical engineering. Patients of Dr. Yates benefit from her strong problem-solving skills in ways they find delightful and efficient.

She is equally comfortable with complex health problems and simple, straightforward situations. A popular author, public speaker, and teacher, Dr. Yates shares her knowledge with audiences comprised of both the general public and other health professionals. She is frequently interviewed by members of the national media, leading health publishers and radio and TV outlets.

It is part of her personal mission to take the mystery out of health and assist people in reclaiming their personal power with regards to their health and well being. Dr. Yates is the author of "Heart Health for Black Women: A Natural Approach to Healing and Preventing Heart Disease".

Dr. Yates believes in natural alternatives and preventative heart health to reduce the risk of the #1 killer of women, heart disease. Dr. Yates urges women to take charge of their heart health. Dr. Yates practices in the San Francisco area at Naturopathic Family Health Clinic San Rafael - California and can relate specific resources for the bay area.

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