Heart disease in women: a new understanding
by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP,
and Dixie Mills, MD
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women. But in 25 years
of medical practice we have never had a patient suffer a heart attack.
How can both these facts be true?
The simple answer is that at Women to Women we advocate an approach to life that
supports the heart. We look at health, including your heart and arteries, from a
holistic perspective that takes into account all of the factors that create health
or disease, especially your diet, lifestyle, genetics and emotions.
Consider Ellen. When I first saw Ellen her cholesterol levels were 450 (more than
twice the acceptable range). This was just after her divorce, and she told me she
felt “heavy-hearted.” She was afraid statins would mean a lifetime of
medication, but she was also afraid of having a heart attack. So she followed our
dietary guidelines instead, and after two months her cholesterol levels were down
to 180. She then had the energy to deal with the emotional baggage that was —
literally and physically — blocking her up. She’s healthy and vigorous
to this day.
What does this mean for you? We think that conventional medicine is moving in the
direction of our approach, but it may not get there in your lifetime — or
ours! So we want you to understand what determines your heart health, the virtues
and shortcomings of conventional medicine, and how you can adopt our holistic approach.
Every woman has choices to make that affect her risk of heart disease, particularly
as she ages, but it’s important to know that you have a great deal of control
over the outcome. Like Ellen, you can be your own hero when it comes to your heart.
Here are the resources for you in this section of our website. Take a moment to
browse among these articles for the information that most supports you and your
Our most popular resources on heart disease
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heart disease naturally.
There is so much you can do to improve your heart health naturally and reduce the
risk of heart disease. By following our simple seven-step guide you can choose health
and nurture both your heart and soul.
Hypertension in women.
Though not generally thought of as a woman’s disease, the incidence of hypertension
in women has increased sharply in recent years. In this article we explain some
of the reasons why this is happening now, how the body modulates blood pressure,
the causes and effects of high blood pressure, the limitations of conventional treatment,
and how to prevent and treat high blood pressure naturally.
Cardiovascular diseases and conditions.
Many of the names and terms used to describe heart conditions sound similar, and
the conditions themselves are often interrelated. Here is a listing of the most
common cardiovascular diseases and conditions with some brief descriptions.
Our Personal Program is a great place to start
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version of what we recommend to all our patients at the clinic.
Last Modified Date: 04/20/2011