- Ambulatory (Outpatient) Care
- Behavioral Health
- Dental Services (General)
- Kidney (Nephrology)
- Orthopaedics (Muscles/Bones)
- The Center for Oncology Care at ECMC
- Primary Care
- Regional Trauma/Burn Treatment Ctr.
- Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility
- Specialty Care
- Stroke Center
- Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Women’s Heart Health—Staying Healthy
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few ways to reduce your risk for heart disease:
- Quit smoking. Smokers have a much greater risk for a heart attack than nonsmokers.
- Keep your blood pressure in check. Make slight adjustments to your diet-keep alcohol and salt intake to a minimum, and increase the number of fruits and vegetables you eat. It’s also a good idea to consume low-fat or non-fat dairy products that have potassium, magnesium, fiber and calcium, such as skim milk, yogurt and pudding.
- Control your weight. A healthy diet-not joining a fad diet or taking diet pills-can help. Be sure to eat lots of vegetables, fruits and grains, and limit the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet.
- If you’re diabetic, monitor and control your blood sugar levels.
- Tell stress to take a hike. Relax by exercising, chatting with friends or practicing breathing techniques.
- Exercise regularly. Just a 30-minute walk every day helps improve your health.
How your doctor can help you
Be sure to talk to your primary care physician about how heart disease can affect you:
- Learn your heart disease risks and your family’s heart disease history
- Birth control pills may not be for you if you have a history of blood clots, a heart attack, stroke or another heart disease
- If you are over 50, ask about aspirin therapy
- If you are post-menopausal, ask about hormone replacement therapy
- Discuss your risk factors for stroke, especially if you’ve had a mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack, or TIA)
- Find out whether vascular screens or heart CT scans are right for you