One in three women will die from heart disease

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Friday marker National Wear Red Day, part of American Heart month dedicated to bringing awareness to the number one killer of women.

That silent killer is heart disease and one in three women will die from it. The good news is 80% of heart related illnesses can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle.

There are many risk factors for heart disease including obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Another major factor many women don't consider is stress.

Doctors said although some level of stress is good, bad stress puts a lot of pressure on your system and can make it hard to sleep and do daily activities.

"Dealing with it from a mental health side of things or a behavioral health side of things we want to prevent as much of that bad stress as possible that's going to be taxing our body," Dr. Raul De Villegas-Decker.

Major improvements can come in food and fitness. Experts said to monitor sodium fat and calorie intake and to also exercise between 15 to 30 minutes a day.

Walgreens is offering free blood pressure testing in all of their pharmacies during February to support American Heart month.


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