The Number One Health Risk for Women over 60

If you’re aged 60 or older, it probably still catches you by surprise when you’re reminded of your age. Even if you feel fantastic, you should be aware of the top health risk for women over 60, so you can stay strong and healthy for many years to come.

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Heart disease is the number one health risk for women over 60. Women are far more vulnerable to heart disease than they realize, especially into middle age and beyond. Rosie O’Donnell learned this lesson firsthand back in 2012, when she was only 50 years old. In her comedy special, “A Heartfelt Standup,” she offered a mnemonic for recognizing the sometimes-sneaky symptoms of a heart attack: HEPPP.

The Number One Health Risk for Women Over 60

According to O’Donnell, the acronym stands for: Heat, Exhaustion, Pale, Pain and Puke. It may seem a little crude, but women often don’t have the same symptoms of cardiac arrest that men do, and if this helps you to remember and recognize the signs, then it’s done its job!

Healthywomen.org notes, “High blood pressure and high cholesterol can lead to heart attacks and strokes, so having your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly is essential.”

Women are often more susceptible to developing health problems, points out Aginginplace.org,  “simply for the fact that they, generally, live longer than men do.” Make the most of your time and take care of yourself, so that your life is not just long, but healthy.