50 health secrets every woman over 50 should know
Learn what you need more of and what to cut out when you hit this important milestone.
1. It’s heart disease that women need to worry about
Most women fear breast cancer, but heart disease is actually the No.1 killer for women, causing one in three deaths each year. Women’s heart health risks increase after menopause, yet just one in five women believe that heart disease is the greatest threat to health.
Red wine may protect you from heart disease, but some people shouldn’t drink it at all. Scientists believe the polyphenols found in red grapes’ skin are cardioprotective.
2. Heart attacks look a whole lot different on TV
A man grabs his chest and falls to the floor – everyone has seen this type of heart attack on TV and in the movies, but that’s not always what it looks or feels like in women.
For women, the most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort, but they are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Like rain freezing into hail or snow, cholesterol can solidify – except that it can do it at 37 degrees in your arteries. A new study reveals that liquid cholesterol can be lethal when it hardens to form sharp crystals.