Go Red For Women's Heart Health

By Dana Winklepleck | dwinklepleck@wtwo.com

Published 02/07 2014 08:44AM

Updated 02/07 2014 09:09AM

It's a face that 1,100 women will die of heart disease during each day, but there are things women can do to change that.

Millie Kooistra knows first hand the importance of doing what you can do to keep you heart healthy in the future.

"Definitely as you age your risk is only going to get higher to have heart disease," Kooistra said.

Kooistra, a nurse in Union Hospital's Cardiac Rehab Department, and other staff members work to help people change their lifestyles after a heart attack.

"We've had people coming in in walkers and then walking out, so it does absolutely make a difference," said registered nurse, Susan Holmes.

But health experts warn not to wait until you have a heart attack to change your lifestyle.

According to the Mayo Clinic you can also help prevent heart attacks. Don't smoke and exercise 30 minutes to an hour at least three to five days a week. Also, maintain a healthy weight and diet. Experts also say to get regular check-ups like having your blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol checked.

"These are things you can control but you can't control age and family history, so you may already have some strikes against you, so your really need to do what you can to keep heart disease out," Kooistra said.

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