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Paula Chavez has a simple message
for women struggling to improve their
health: no more guilt, no more excuses.
This became Paula’s personal mantra after
an annual physical at age 32, when doctors
warned that she had to make some lifestyle
changes if she wanted to live to see her
At that time, Paula was extremely overweight and battling high cholesterol. Her
journey to better health began with daily
exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables,
and making healthier family meals. When
Paula’s father passed away from a sudden
heart attack, she became determined to live
a healthy lifestyle and share her knowledge.
In one year’s time, Paula lost 70 pounds and
completely transformed her life. Today, she
is a certified fitness instructor and hosts a
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free fitness class at a local school. She uses
social media to share heart-healthy tips and
has an extensive online following.
With a part-time job and three young
children, Paula relates to women who jug-
gle the demands of family and career—but
her health is now her top priority. She says,
“I am taking care of myself and setting an
example for my kids. They now see that
healthy eating and exercise are just part of
our family routine.”
What’s Paula’s advice for heart-healthy
living? She encourages people to become
aware of their family medical history and
learn their cholesterol and blood pressure
levels. And, she says, “Have a conversation
with your doctor about your heart disease
risk factors and start to make changes that
will lead you to a healthier lifestyle.”
”We fashion specific health plans for women. Age and genetics play a role, but controllable factors collectively have a more significant impact on a woman’s overall cardiovascular health.
—Dr. Boccia Liang, Director of the Women’s Heart Program, Atlantic Health System
ADVICE FROM THE EXPERT
Heart disease is the leading cause
of death among women—and also one
of the most preventable. With one of
every three American women dying
of heart disease each year, it’s time
to take charge of your heart health.
• Know your numbers
• Blood pressure
• Cholesterol (HDL and LDL)
• Glucose and triglyceride levels
• Waist size and body mass index (BMI)
• Time spent exercising every day
• These are the numbers you can control
to decrease your risk level.
• Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
in the center of your chest
• Pain or discomfort in one or both arms
and/or the back, neck, jaw or stomach
• Shortness of breath
• Extreme fatigue
• Breaking out in a cold sweat
• Feelings of nausea or lightheadedness
If you experience any of these
signs, don’t wait. Call 9-1-1 for help
and get to a hospital right away.
If 80 percent of cardiac deaths can
be prevented, then why does heart
disease remain the number one killer
of women in the United States? The
answer, according to the American
Heart Association, hinges on women
knowing the warning signs and their
own risk levels for heart disease.
The association’s newest guidelines
encourage women to “know their numbers” when forecasting the likelihood
of developing cardiovascular disease.
These numbers include body weight,
cholesterol levels (good HDL and bad
LDL), blood pressure (both systolic and
diastolic), blood sugars, triglycerides
and body mass index (BMI).
KNOW YOUR RISK