Page 24

P1136 Women and Heart Disease

Chapter 1: Managing high blood pressure Your emotional health Protecting your heart isn’t only about eating differently, being more active and losing weight. Emotions such as stress and pent-up anger have been linked to heart disease. Over time, these emotions could raise your heart disease risk. Depression is twice as common in women as in men, and increases the risk of heart disease by two to three times (compared with women who are not depressed), regardless of race, ethnicity or economic background. Even mild forms of depression or depressive symptoms increase heart disease risk. You can’t remove all stress and negative feelings from your life, but you can make an effort to reduce and manage them. Doing the following may help: 77 Take more time to do things you enjoy. Put aside a little time for yourself each day. 77 Spend time around people with the same interests as you. Think about volunteering, joining a club or just meeting friends for coffee once a week. 77 Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga. 77Know that stress and depression are medical problems that can be treated. Your healthcare provider may suggest stress management classes, counseling or medication. When these problems are under control, you’ll be better able to focus on your health and your needs. 24


P1136 Women and Heart Disease
To see the actual publication please follow the link above