10,000 Heart to Hearts

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Have you ever known someone who has had heart disease? In my husband's family, he has heart disease on both sides of his family. So he has started taking precautionary measures to make sure he stays in healthy condition. But a lot of people think heart disease can just hit men. Many women don't realize aging makes heart disease likelier for them as well. To combat this problem, teams from Brookdale senior living communities nationwide are fanning out to personally alert women 65 and over to their increased risk and provide resources to fight it. The company hopes to reach 10,000 older women through “10,000 Heart to Hearts,” which began on Feb. 1.

“Cardiac disease kills more women than all cancers combined,” said Brookdale chief medical officer Kevin O'Neil, M.D., F.A.C.P. “On average, women develop heart disease 10 years later than men, with their first heart attack occurring at age 70.”

On my side of the family, we never had heart disease but my dad has high blood pressure. Because of that, I take my blood pressure regularly to make sure I am healthy. It's always good to start young and to keep healthy, but it's best to know what runs in your family as well.