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FOR WOMEN: THE FDA GIVES TIPS TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE
By: Rose Baran PharmD, MA, Ferris State University
More women die from heart disease than from any other cause – a staggering one
in four American women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can take action now to help prevent prob- lems. Resources from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can help women of all ages learn how to use FDA-approved drugs and devices safely to prevent and treat heart disease.
The FDA offers fact sheets, videos, and other web-based tools to teach you not only about heart disease, but also conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, which can increase a woman’s heart disease risk. The FDA also creat- ed the “Heart Health for Women” site to connect women to FDA resources to support heart- healthy living. Visit the website at www.fda.gov/ womenshearthealth.
“The risk of heart disease increases for everyone as they age,” explains FDA cardiolo- gist Shari Targum, M.D., M.P.H. “For women, the risk goes up after menopause, but younger women can also develop heart disease.”
But remember you can fight back. “I encour- age women of all ages to look to the FDA for resources to help them reduce their risk for heart disease and make informed decisions about their health,” says Marsha Henderson, director of the Office of Women’s Health at FDA.
Heart disease can lead to serious or fatal health issues such as a heart attack or stroke. But you can take steps to reduce your chances of a problem. Even small changes can help.
Manage current health conditions.
Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high choles- terol can increase your risk for heart disease. Talk to your health care provider to confirm the best treatment plan.
Recognize symptoms of a heart attack in women – and call 9-1-1 if needed. Symptoms in women can be different than those in men – and include shortness of breath, nausea, and an ache or feeling of tightness in the chest, arm, neck, jaw, or abdomen. “If you have these symp- toms and suspect you’re having a heart attack, call 9-1-1,” says Targum.
Do regular physical activity and maintain a healthy weight. You don’t need to complete all activity at one set time – and it’s okay if you’re not a fan of the gym. “Walking may be one easy way to start,” says Targum. “Talk to your health care provider about how much activity is right for you.”
Make heart-healthy food choices. “For example, you can eat fruits and vegetables with each meal – and limit saturated fat and added sugars,” says Targum, who also emphasizes a focus on whole grains. And if you choose to eat meats, choose the leanest cuts available and pre- pare them in healthy ways. The Nutrition Facts label can tell you key information about the packaged foods you eat, and it includes details about serving sizes and nutrients like fat and sugar. You can check with your health care
provider to confirm the food choices best for you.
Know daily use of aspirin is not right for everyone. Talk with a health care professional before you use aspirin as a way to prevent heart attacks.
If you smoke, try to quit. Check out the FDA’s website to learn more about medicines to help you quit.
Talk to a health professional about wheth- er you can participate in a clinical trial for a heart medication or procedure. A clinical trial is a research study that involves human volun- teers. You can visit the FDA’s Women in Clinical Trials page to learn more.
“Menopause does not cause heart disease,” says Targum. “But the decline in estrogen after menopause may be one of several fac- tors in the increase in heart disease risk.” Other risks, such as weight gain, may also increase around the time of menopause.
Hormone therapy can be used to treat some of the problems women have during menopause. “However, the American Heart Association rec- ommends against using post-menopausal estro- gen hormone replacement therapy to prevent heart disease,” says Targum.
Work with your health care team to make a plan for your heart health. No matter what rou- tine you choose, make sure to keep a list of your medicines and supplements and bring it with you to all of your appointments. Also talk to your health care provider if you have any questions.
Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Consumer Updates page is the source for this article with the full article and the latest updates on FDA regulated products available at http:// www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/default.htm.
CITY
Hastings Woodland
Albion Battle Creek Battle Creek Homer Marshall
Jackson Jackson Napoleon Spring Arbor
LOCATION
COA Building Eagles Club
FACILITATOR
Mary Cook Kristy Estep
PHONE DAYS
(269) 948-4856 M-F
(269) 367-4041 M,W,F
TIME
10am-2pm
10:30am-1pm
SENIOR DINING CENTERS
BARRY COUNTY
Delton
Faith United Methodist
Angela Soya
(269) 579-3918
M,W,T
11am-1pm
Nashville
Main St. Banqets
Jenny Burlison
(517) 213-9212
M-F
10:30am-1pm
Meals provided by Barry County Commission on Aging. A program sponsored by Barry County United Way.
BRANCH COUNTY
Coldwater
Coldwater Church of Christ
Alisha Carr
(517) 279-8249
M,T,Th,F
9am-1pm
Lunch Served at 12pm
Meals provided by Community Action Food and Nutritional Services. Funding sources AAA 3C, Branch County United Way, USDA and private donations.
CALHOUN COUNTY
Albion
Albion Forks Senior Dining Center
Cynthia Rose
(866) 200-8877
M,T,W,F
10:30am-1pm
Lunch served at 12pm
Clarence Township Dining Center Cherryhill Manor Senior Center Springview Towers Dining Center Homer Presbyterian Church Marshall House Dining Center
Crouch Senior Center
King Rec Center, Food with Friends Napoleon Township Hall
Spring Arbor Senior Center
Mark Rice
Constance Siegel Eileen Worthington Senior Health Partners Deb Trescott
Laurie Mead Laurie Mead Gail Jamieson
Shimone Glaspie
(866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877
(517) 788-4364 (517) 788-4364 (517) 788-4364
(517) 750-1010
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M,W,F
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10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am 10:30am-1pm
8am-4pm 10:30am-1:30pm 10:30am-1:30pm
9:45am-1:45pm
Lunch served at 11:45am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 11:30am Whole Person Wellness too Lunch served at 12pm
Lunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pm
Lunch served at 12pm
Battle Creek
Bedford Manor Dining Center
Billy Castle
(866) 200-8877
M,T,W,Th,F
10:30am-1pm
Lunch served at 11:30am
Battle Creek
Lakeview 890 Territorial Dining Center
Karl Hoard
(866) 200-8877
M,W,F
10:30am-1pm
Lunch served at 11:30am
Battle Creek
Westbrook Place Dining Center
Michelle Dove
(866) 200-8877
M,T,W,Th,F
10:30am-1pm
Lunch served at 11:30am
Marshall
Heritage Commons
Kitty Knoll
(269) 558-6150
T, Th
12-1pm
Tekonsha
Tekonsha Community Hall
Senior Health Partners
(866) 200-8877
T
10am
Whole Person Wellness too
All sites have hot and cold meals. Meals provided by Senior Services. Funding by Calhoun County Senior Services, AAA 3B, USDA and private donations.
JACKSON COUNTY
Grass Lake
Grass Lake Food With Friends
Annie Lavergne
(517) 788-4364
T, Th
10am-3:30pm
Lunch served at 12pm
Jackson
Park Forest
Laurie Mead
(517) 788-4364
M,T,W,Th,F
10:30am-1:30pm
Lunch served at 12pm
Michigan Center
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
Laurie Mead
(517) 788-4364
M,W,F
10am-2pm
Lunch served at 12pm
Norvell
Norvell/Township Hall
Gail Jamieson
(517) 788-4364
M,W,F
10:30am-1:30pm
Lunch served at 12pm
To have your senior dining center added or changes to your listing, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1412 ext. 302 or Email: ssherban@wwthayne.com


































































































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