PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Through years of research and study, Jukka T. Salonen has developed a wealth of knowledge regarding cardiovascular health. He is a licensed cardiologist who practices preventative cardiology among other things. A recent article
in Everyday Health outlines ways that women can take control of their health and better recognize the warning signs for heart disease. Taking these simple steps can help them to reduce their risk of developing the disease.
According to the article, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. On a positive note, the number of deaths has begun to decline, however younger women are beginning to develop more risk factors for cardiovascular problems. This raises concern for many people. To help maintain better control over their heart health, it is important for women to recognize the risk factors associated with heart disease. They should have a thorough understanding of how these risks apply to their own life. It is beneficial to have a doctor check their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose to find out how they compare to normal levels. Depending on the results, the doctor may catch problems early on, or advise more frequent monitoring.
Once a person has determined what their levels are, they can work with their doctor to set appropriate goals for controlling them. If they are already acceptable, this may mean keeping them stable. If they are too high, this could mean discussing strategies to lower them. Depending on family history and other risk factors, the goals for each person may differ.
When a woman better understands her body and her personal risk factors for developing heart disease, she can become a stronger advocate for her own health. She and her doctor can work together to establish goals and methods for improving overall health. The more a person understands about the diseases they are at higher risk of developing, they more proactive they can become at preventing them.
In staying proactive, women should understand the symptoms to look for in association with heart disease. The symptoms that women experience can differ from those that men experience. While the pain is not always as severe, many women do experience chest pain when having a heart attack. Do not ignore severe or persistent chest pain. Extreme fatigue is another symptom where even simple tasks become more difficult to do. When having a heart attack, some women experience shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, excessive sweating, clamminess, or anxiety. They may also have pain in their upper back, shoulders, neck, jaw, or arm. These are all serious symptoms that could indicate a heart attack.
"The more informed you become, the more empowered you are," asserts Jukka T. Salonen. "You know your body better than anyone else, so understanding your personal risk factors, family history, and daily habits can help you to stay proactive about your heart health. There are many simple changes to diet and exercise that people can make to reduce their risk of developing heart disease and positively impact their health." Jukka T. Salonen recommends discussing any changes to diet or exercise with a doctor first, and having regular health screenings and check-ups.
Jukka T. Salonen
is a licensed cardiologist and experienced researcher. He holds his MD, PhD, and Master of Science in epidemiology. Throughout the years he has served in various capacities in the medical field. Not only has he led numerous investigative studies, he founded Oy Jurilab Ltd, a Finnish biotech company. He currently serves as CEO and CSO of Metabolic Analytical Services Oy. In addition, he works as a physician for Mehilainen, a private health care provider in Finland.