Constantly Battling the Bulge? Don’t Get Enough Sleep and Not Eating Properly? Sarah Marinos Finds Out What Women Need to Know for the Sake of Their Heart Health
Heart disease is a leading cause of death for Australian women. Here, we look at the latest research about heart health, and speak to Associate Professor Melinda Carrington, Head of the Pre-Clinical Disease and Prevention Unit and cardiologist, Professor Tom Marwick, from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute to see what you can do to improve your odds...
You can be slim and still be at risk of heart problems If you have a family history of heart disease, being slim isn’t enough to protect you from heart attack or stroke. Because if your mum, dad or a sibling has a heart attack before 60, that means your risk of heart attack is increased, too. “And you can be slim but have high cholesterol due to your genes,” says Associate Professor Carrington. What to do: If you have a family history of heart problems or high cholesterol, speak to your GP about changes that can reduce your risk of poor heart health. Your GP may also recommend medication if you have high cholesterol.
The number one risk factor for heart disease is high blood pressure
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