February is Go Red For Women Month

Take Charge of Your Health

Did you know, heart disease claims the lives of 1 in 3 women? Nearly 80% of cardiac events can be prevented as cardiovascular disease continues to be a women’s greatest health threat.

Go Red For Women is more than just wearing Red. Its about sharing facts about heart health and how to take charge of caring for ourselves.Because if we don’t, we won’t be around to care for others. 

As women, we tend to put others before ourselves. It’s important that we learn the warning signs and symptoms of heart disease and stroke, seeing your doctor regularly and learn about your family history.

Making a commitment to your health isn’t something you have to do alone. Invite your friends to walk with you to the clubhouse instead of putting miles on your golf cart!

Make healthy eating a priority and tell your ‘card club’ friends about it.  This will hold you more accountable and they won’t be shoving ‘here taste this’ recipes down your throat. I actually did this with my own card club, and their reaction was encouraging.

Managing your blood pressure is yet another way to remain on top of your health.  We offer free blood pressure checks every Monday Morning from 7:15 to 8:15 am in the craft room. This occurs before Monday Morning Coffee begins. We have a great staff of Nurses on hand who volunteer their time to squeeze your arm while listening for a pulse and catching up on the latest gossip. Like I said, we have a great staff of nurses and also non-medical volunteers.  They always have a smile on their face and welcome newcomers to join us. Monitoring your blood pressure each week is a great way to keep track,  and if you remember to take a photo of the card, you can show it to your family doctor who can see a pattern for continuing your meds or changing them. FYI: Ask your doctor about your blood pressure medication to see if it’s on the warning list for possible cancer.

Finally, one cardiologist’s rule of thumb: if it’s finger-licking food, it’s bad for you. Guess I should have used a fork instead of my fingers when tasting the cream cheese icing on my husband’s birthday cake!

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Pam Batey

Moved to Tanglewood in August 2016, with husband, Steve and dog, Maggie. Retired Paramedic, now continuing my hobby writing short stories and information in the "You and Your Health" Section of the newsletter. Active Member of Tanglewood Community Church.