Caring for the female heart

The heart of the woman does not suffer only for love. The risk of heart disease for women increases after menopause, although it is true that males have a higher risk of coronary artery disease and heart attacks earlier in life than women.


<br>•  Do not smoke and avoid contact with tobacco smoke.

<br>• Do exercise. Women who need to lose weight or keep it under control should get at least 60 to 90 minutes of moderate intensity exercise most days. To maintain your weight, exercise at least 30 minutes a day, preferably at least 5 days a week.

<br>•  Keep a healthy weight. Women should strive for a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9.

<br>•  Choose a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

<br>•  Choose lean proteins, such as chicken, fish, beans, and legumes.

<br>• Eat low-fat dairy products, such as 1% milk and low-fat yogurt.

<br>•  Avoid sodium (salt) and fats found in fried foods, processed foods, and baked goods.

<br>•  Eat fewer animal products that contain cheese, cream, or eggs.

<br>•  Read food's labels. Stay away from "saturated fat" and any food that contains "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" fats. These products are generally loaded with unhealthy fats.



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