6 Heart Health Tips for Women in Retirement

Greenwald Gerke


March 11, 2021

More women die of heart disease than any other cause of death. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Women can protect themselves by living a heart-healthy lifestyle. If you’re female, here are seven tips that will make a real difference in your heart health.

1. Learn the Symptoms of Heart Attack

Women experience heart attacks differently than men, describing their symptoms as:

  • Sensations of pressure, squeezing, and fullness in the center of the chest that lasts for several minutes and may come and go
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness, cold sweats, nausea
  • Pain or discomfort in the upper torso
  • Exhaustion or fatigue

2. Stop Smoking

Smoking is more likely to cause heart disease in women than men. If you’ve tried to quit and failed, seek help until you succeed.

3. Exercise

Walking vigorously for 30 minutes for five days of the week will reduce the risk of a heart attack in females by 50%.

4. Maintain a Healthy Weight

The heart has to work harder in an overweight person. A higher amount of belly fat is associated with a higher risk of insulin resistance. A general size rule is that women with waistlines greater than thirty-five inches are more at risk of this condition, which is associated with diabetes –another heart health risk.

5. Lower Your Stress

Take steps to manage stress levels. Exercise is a powerful way to reduce stress, along with meditation, gratitude lists, and journaling. Laughter and social connection are also important ways to manage stress.

6. Control Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can cause irreversible damage to your heart. Lifestyle changes can help, including healthy eating habits and exercise, as well as medications when needed.

Other Measures

Your family’s heart history, personal health numbers are also important to keep an eye on. Other tools may include aspirin therapy and diabetes testing if your doctor recommends it.

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