This post is sponsored by St. Joseph® Low Dose Aspirin. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Welcome to Dressed for My Day where I hope to inspire 40+ women like us to dress beautifully and appropriately for our unique days so we can engage graciously and authentically with those around us. You see, I believe we gals never lose our ability to be mighty forces for good in this world. As we age we simply have even more insight, experience and grace to share. In fact, you and I know that many people are counting on us to do just that.
That’s why I’m pleased to partner with St. Joseph® Low Dose Aspirin today to turn the conversation from what we’re wearing to how we’re caring for ourselves and our hearts. St. Joseph has been producing quality aspirin products for over 125 years and remains committed to helping others maintain a healthy heart with a range of trusted, innovative and convenient low dose aspirin products.
Ladies, it’s time for a little heart-to-heart talk about our heart health.
We’re friends, right? So let’s cut to the chase, the way real girlfriends do. Cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. Of course, at our ages most of us are becoming ever more aware of our mortality. And yet, only one in five women believe heart disease is their greatest health risk.
I’ll admit, I used to be more fearful of receiving a bad report after my yearly mammogram than I was concerned about heart disease. But if we’re smart we’ll start paying more attention to our hearts.
Did you know that currently more women than men die each year from heart disease? And the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen. Here are a couple more facts to consider about us gals and our hearts:
- 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- While 1 in 3 American women who die this year will die of heart disease, only 1 in 31 deaths (of women) will be attributed to breast cancer.
So what’s a gal to do?
The best thing most of us can do today is something that many of us are already pretty good at. We just need to talk about it. And I suggest the conversation begin with your doctor. Sure, there’s a lot of good healthcare related information available online, but when it comes to something as serious as heart health, the best source is a trusted expert like your primary care physician.
Look, I know how tempting it is to leave well enough alone. Having just recently moved across the country, I had to seek out a new general practitioner and gynecologist. And, truth be told, I probably wouldn’t have done that as quickly as I did if I hadn’t needed some ongoing prescriptions renewed. Shoot. I don’t like booking hair appointments, much less doctor’s visits! But I knew I needed a trustworthy healthcare provider in my corner.
I’m thankful to have started the conversation about my heart health with my new doctor. We talked about my diet, exercise regimen, weight, blood pressure and family heart health history. Have you done the same?
February is American Heart Month when the American Heart Association attempts to draw our focus to heart health with initiatives such as Go Red for Women. But while I encourage you to dress in red on February 7th to draw attention and support to the movement, I think another great way to participate might be to make an appointment with your doctor for a heart-to-heart about your personal heart health.
If you don’t have a doctor, do like I did and get one. But even if you’ve been seeing the same physician for years, it may be time to change the conversation. Here are some topics I found helpful to discuss with my doctor:
- sleep patterns
- exercise habits
- stress management
- vital numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol count, blood sugar and weight or body mass index
- family heart health history
- risk factors, such as race, age, weight, smoking, etc.
You also might want to talk with your doctor about the possibility of implementing a low dose aspirin regimen with St. Joesph® Low Dose aspirin.
I’ve learned that women who have had a heart attack or ischemic stroke may reduce the risk of a recurrent heart attack or stroke by using a daily low dose aspirin like St. Joesph® Low Dose 81 mg aspirin. And you can find St. Joseph aspirin right on the shelf at your local retailers. Of course it’s crucial that you talk to your physician before beginning or changing an aspirin regimen. While there are many benefits to aspirin therapy, it’s not right for everyone.
St. Joesph® Low Dose 81 mg aspirin is available in an easy to swallow safety coated micro size tablet. As someone who sometimes suffers from irritation in my esophagus, I especially appreciate how this feature protects the gastric lining from the potentially irritating effects of the aspirin. My dad currently takes the St. Joseph® Low Dose Aspirin Orange Chewable, but since I mentioned the easy to swallow safety coated tablets to him, he is talking to his doctor about changing to those.
Of course, if you do get the go-ahead from your doctor to use a low dose aspirin regimen, you’ll want to use St. Joseph® Low Dose Aspirin only as directed. I suggest you always read the label before using any new product.
Look, sweet gal. While some days you may wake up with a few aches and pains, I know you don’t feel old enough to have these conversations. Weren’t we just passing notes in history class a few years ago? Hahaha! But seriously, no, you’re not too young for these conversations.
And even if you consider yourself to be a healthy woman, these conversations are still important. Even women who are trim, exercise consistently and eat well sometimes have hidden risk factors that early conversations with a doctor can uncover.
Certainly, it’s smart to eat healthy, exercise consistently, laugh regularly, engage in healthy relationships and get plenty of rest. But even healthy habits won’t replace the need for a conversation with your healthcare provider. What will you do today to get that heart-to-heart talk started?
I’d like to thank St. Joseph® for bringing to my awareness the importance of having a regular heart-to-heart with my doctor about my heart health and for sponsoring this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my work at Dressed for My Day.
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Are you heavy-hearted today? I could just quip, cheer up! But that wouldn’t be helpful. Instead, I suggest you take your heavy heart to One who can truly lift the cares and concerns and regrets that weigh it down.
Begin the conversation by praising Him. When I acknowledge who God is, I begin to remember Who is in my corner and my burdens don’t feel so overwhelming. Then share your heart with Him. Tell him what hurts, what grieves, what worries, what angers you. Next allow Him to speak truth to your heart. Go to His Word and allow His consolations to cheer your soul.
When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. ~ Psalm 94:19