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Women’s “Secret Killer” – and What You Can Do About It
Sarah Reid, RHNC
Women are known as the caretakers of everyone else – the stereotypical “wives and mothers” bundling up their kids at the slightest hint of snow, playing “doctor” to a household of flu-stricken people with bowls of chicken soup and ginger ale, and even the image of the clinical nurse come to mind. Try as we might, women are not completely invincible, though, and there are many situations that can knock even the strongest woman down. While not every factor in developing the condition known commonly as “heart disease” can be controlled, there are thankfully more than enough ways to reduce your risk.
The most common disease for women is Cardiovascular Disease (or CVD). Usually classified as a “man’s disease” when it comes to prevention marketing, it is a condition both genders need to pay strict attention to in today’s world. Only recently has it come to public light that CVD is in fact the #1 killer of women worldwide – in 2003 only 13% of those surveyed thought women were at risk – although it has held that title for decades. Poor lifestyle habits and stress from a multitude of sources play a huge role in the occurrence and severity of the condition. Also, studies have shown that women tend to “hold” onto stress from all aspects of life – even things far beyond their control such as global news events – and tend to develop and harbour guilty feelings about both shortcomings and successes (so-called “survivor guilt”).