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P1136 Women and Heart Disease

Inside the Workbook 2 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Understanding the cardiovascular system . . . . . 5 Risk factors for heart disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The symptoms of heart disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Is it angina or a heart attack? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Warning signs of heart attack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Chapter 1 Managing high blood pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Risk factors for hypertension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Blood pressure goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Medications for high blood pressure . . . . . . . . . 16 Tips for taking medication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 The risk of stroke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Warning signs of stroke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Atrial fibrillation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Your emotional health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Coping with stress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Chapter 2 Controlling cholesterol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Wellness strategies to lower cholesterol . . . . . . 28 Chapter 3 Diabetes and heart disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 The A1C test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Controlling blood sugar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Your family wellness plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Chapter 4 Healthy eating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 The dangers of fat and salt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Don’t forget the fiber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Watching your portions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Shopping and dining out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Understanding food labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Making healthy choices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Chapter 5 Exercise and weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Managing your weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Setting weight-loss goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Chapter 6 Smoking and heart disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Smoking and its effect on the heart . . . . . . . . . 44 Creating a quit plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Working through withdrawal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Reward yourself . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Chapter 7 Overcoming barriers to good health . . . . . . . . . 48 Health disparities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act . . .49 What you can do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Should you participate in a clinical trial? . . . . . 51 Comments and suggestions . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 DISCLAIMER: This guidebook is intended for informational purposes only, with the understanding that no one should rely upon this information as the basis for medical decisions. Anyone requiring medical or other healthcare services should consult a medical or healthcare professional. Any actions based on the information provided herein are entirely the responsibility of the user and/or of any medical or other healthcare professionals who advised such actions. Anyone who uses the suggested dietary and physical activity/exercise areas in this guidebook should consult a medical or healthcare provider before starting a diet or physical activity/exercise program. WomenHeart, ABC and CardioSmart have used reasonable efforts to include timely and accurate information in this guidebook. Accordingly, the sponsor, partners, producers, and others make no representations or warranties, expressed or implied, regarding the accuracy or completeness of the information provided herein and specifically disclaim any liability, expressed or implied, in connection therewith.


P1136 Women and Heart Disease
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