Cardiovascular Disease: Why Women in their 40’s should pay attention. (With Dr. Dave)
Today we are shifting gears just a little and covering a topic I hadn’t originally planned to include in this series. But Dr. Dave….? Well, he suggested that today’s topic is actually more important than any of the other topics. He thinks that every woman in her 40’s should be thinking about this one. (Even if it’s not as sexy as…say….failing eyesight, or bladder leakage. whatever.)
Cardiovascular disease. Heart disease. Diabetes. Strokes. Heart attacks. The gamut. It starts young, Dave tells us, and by our 40’s we’re likely well on our way. (Yikes!!) So pay attention, the Doctor warns, and do all that you can to get on your game now so that you can avoid seeing him (or someone like him) in the ER in a few short years.
Many of you might know some of the information in this video, but I still think it is full of helpful reminders and might be a bit of a wake up call…
A few things you’ll find in the video:
- What is Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)? Dr. Dave defines it simply.
- Risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Do you know them?
- Can you blame your genetics?
- Things to avoid, to avoid CVD.
- Cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity…What can (and can’t) you control?
- Foods to eat (and avoid.) Why exercise.
- Also see: small kids running around in the house behind us ( 😉 )
- Also hear: Dr. Dave’s ukelele intro and outtro. 🙂
Here’s our chat– (If it doesn’t load right away, you might need to refresh the page.)
Note: Dave and I tried to speed through this information as quickly as we could, knowing you’re all busy and we don’t want to take too much time. With that, we had to skim over a few things that we would have liked to go further into. If you have follow-up questions on ANY of the things we mentioned here, please comment. Hopefully we will get to an ALL Q & A post later which can fill in any gaps. Also, Dave might hop on and answer any questions you have (via comment or email.)
Thank you for reading, watching, sharing, and commenting. We think you’re pretty great.
Until next time…
Mon and Dave
PS Here’s a LIST OF POSTS IN SERIES so far:
Talking about HORMONES in our 40’s (Part I)
What we can do for hormonal changes (Part II)
My Back Injury, and When we have Chronic Pain (Non-video post.)
Cariodvascular Disease and Why Women in their 40’s should pay attention.
Thanks so much for the great info. I’m 43 so I’m definitely tuning in. 😁
I wanted to share a resource with you that I think you two (and sunscribers) would really appreciate, especially Jas’ question about anxiety.
To make a long story short, a great deal of childhood (into adult) trauma has led me on a healing journey where I’ve just devoured numerous books and podcasts and counseling wherever I can find it.
The trauma I experienced led to panic/anxiety/dark depression– basically my nervous system was in a prolonged state of fight or flight.
I became fascinated (and desperate) by /(for) info on the mind/body connection.
I have found tremendous help, but a recent audiobook I listened to is crucial for the future of healthcare, and it plays right into this topic your addressing.
The book is called Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal, by Donna Jackson Nakazawa.
The 8 hour audiobook is FREE on Hoopla.
It’s well worth every minute!
It is such a gift from God to see true root causes of SO much physical suffering, yet we only look at and treat the symptoms.
***Btw, there’s a chapter on techniques to help that include a variety of practices from various religions and such. I’m a Christian, so I just want to give heads up.
The book ends with an excellent chapter on parenting that provides great info on how we can give our children a healthier upbringing. Of course, we want good health so that ultimately our children will be healthier.
Again, thank you two so much for excellent support!
Jamie–First of all, I’m so glad you’ve found help and healing and good for you seeking it out and not settling to continue to suffer for a lifetime. Thank you for sharing and I’ll look into that for sure. It is amazing the connection between our body, mind and spirit. No doubt about it at all. Sounds like a fascinating approach. Blessings to you!
I am 41 does anxiety lead to heart attack
Hi Jas… I relayed your question to Dave and he answered that anxiety attacks can mimic heart attack symptoms, but anxiety itself is not a cause of heart attacks. Definitely talk to your doctor if you have anxiety! Thanks for asking and take care of yourself. 😉
Thank u for your reply.
Yes I have anxiety I am already taking setraline
Hi Jas, I just posted a comment about a resource that you may find helpful! God bless!
Thanks, Monica and Dr. Dave! Great info—very important stuff! Monica, I totally relate to your high cholesterol caused by genetics. My overall cholesterol was very high, no matter how well I ate, due to family history. So after several months of trying to lower it with my diet, my doctor prescribed medication. When we re-checked my cholesterol a few weeks later, my overall number dropped over 100 points!!! I was pleasantly shocked! I’ve been on the medication for a few years now and my numbers are still in the normal range when I get it checked annually. So my hope for you is that you will be able to keep your cholesterol down without needing medication, as you mentioned in the video. But if you and your doctor decide that medication is the right decision for you, you are not alone and it’s not that you didn’t try—sometimes those darn genes just get in the way but thankfully the medication is out there! Be sure to keep us posted!
Thank you Wendy! I totally agree with you! I’m very grateful for modern medicine and have no problem taking meds if it gives me better health in the long run! 🙂 So glad yours has helped so much. Thank you for sharing your story, and always for your encouragement! aloha-
It is so good to hear from you two about health issues. Although I am in my 50’s (57), I work full time (college professor), am raising a super active 11 year old boy, I cannot slow down yet. Unfortunately, I have colitis and celiac disease that sometimes prevents me from vigorous exercise but I am vegan. I know quite a few women (and men) have intestinal diseases. Are there any tips on reducing colitis symptoms?
Hmmm, good question Mai! I’ll run that by Dave and see if he has something to say…Much aloha and keep charging–Sounds like you are doing your best in tough circumstances. What a great example to your son. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment. Aloha —
Thank you. Monica, I also just found out my cholesterol is a bit high and it was a huge wake-up call. Aging kind of freaks me out, but I’m glad you’re talking about this stuff. I feel a little less alone. 🙂 Keep these coming–I really am enjoying this series!
You’re in good company, Carrie! Thanks for commenting….we’re all in it together! 🙂 XO
I’m so glad you covered this…I have always had borderline high blood pressure, but tend to want to ignore it. You’re right–it’s better to find out everything and do what I can than to ignore it and suffer later. Great reminders. You two are a great team–blessings!
Oh my goodness–Such good reminders. I’ve lost 2 grandparents to heart related issues, yet I never really think of it as affecting ME. I guess I should know that, but it hasn’t really sunk in. THANK YOU two! I’m going to make a long-past due Doc. apt to find out where I’m at with everything. 🙂
So glad to hear it, Janet. Definitely have things checked out! Then,keep me posted, ok? 🙂 Much aloha to you!