5 Ways High Blood Pressure is Particularly Dangerous in Women

It’s called the “silent killer.” You could have it right now, and not even know it. According to the American Heart Association: 7 percent of non-Hispanic white women have it 47 percent of non-Hispanic black women have it 8 percent of Mexican American women have it In 2009, it killed …

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Sleep Apnea May be More Dangerous for Women than for Men

When it comes to heart attacks, a woman’s symptoms are subtler than a man’s. Whereas a man may have fierce chest pain, a woman may feel nauseated, tired, and out of sorts. It took us decades to discover the difference. Meanwhile, women may have had fewer heart attacks then men, …

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How to Channel Your Anger So It Won’t Harm Your Health

“The Female Anger Epidemic.” Such was the headline of a 2015 Daily Mail article. It went on to reference the British Association of Anger Management, which found that 87 percent of working mothers had admitted to shouting at their children because of stress. A quarter of women were said to …

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Women Over 50: How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

I’ve heard it said that we don’t need as much sleep as we get older. Some research seems to support the idea. When asked to stay in bed for 16 hours in the dark each day, younger people (18 to 32 years) slept an average of 9 hours, whereas older …

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What Women Need to Know About Garry Shandling’s Parathyroid Disease

Comedian Garry Shandling is becoming known for something besides than his unique style of humor: hyperparathyroidism. As reports came in about his death on March 24, 2016—which was believed to have been caused by a massive heart attack—HollywoodLife revealed that as of March 26, Shandling’s doctor had refused to sign …

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Caffeine Myths, Concerns and Some Surprising Benefits

You probably know that caffeine can be bad for you. But did you know that it could be beneficial too? And not just in the oh-now-I-can-function kind of way? Before you drink a steaming mug of the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug, read on. A legal drug Caffeine is …

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Metabolic Syndrome Creeping Up on Women—How to Stop It

Women are catching up with men. But not in a good way. According to a 2006 study, it used to be that more men than women had metabolic syndrome—a dangerous cluster of risk factors that identify people at a high, long-term risk for narrowed arteries, cardiovascular disease, stroke, peripheral vascular …

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Could Women Be Consuming Too Little Salt?

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that Americans consume less than 1,500 mg/day of sodium. If everyone cut back to this much, they say it could result in a 25.6 percent overall decrease in blood pressure, and a reduction in total cardiovascular-related deaths of between 500,000 – 1.2 million over …

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Protect Your Heart Before Menopause

What’s the number one cause of death in American women? If you guessed cancer, try again. Contrary to popular opinion, cardiovascular disease kills more women than all cancers combined. What’s even scarier is that the majority of cardiovascular events occur after menopause, because that’s when a woman’s risk rapidly increases. …

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What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Common cardiovascular diseases include a narrowing and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), chest pain that happens when not enough blood is getting to the heart (angina), heart attack, and stroke. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Many women think, wrongly, that only …

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