Healthy weight key for women to fend off heart disease and stroke
(NC)—According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, women who are 30 per cent over their healthy body weight are two to three times more likely to develop heart disease.Fat located in the abdominal region is more of a health risk than fat carried in the hips and thighs, so women who are apple-shaped rather than pear-shaped (carry most of their weight around their middle rather than their hips and thighs) tend to have a higher risk for a number of diseases. Heart disease and stroke is a leading cause of death for women in Canada, and kills seven times more women than breast cancer. Nine in 10 Canadian women have at least one significant risk factor for heart disease or stroke. Many women are either unaware of the symptoms or simply ignore them. Women can assess their risk for heart disease and stroke by taking an online quiz at TheHeartTruth.ca/quiz.
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