February is National Heart Month and Christine Jacobsen with Wasatch HealthMart Pharmacy, our guest today, has important information on what you need to know to make your heart healthy.
WOMEN ARE LESS LIKELY TO SURVIVE HEART ATTACKS AND THEIR SYMPTOMS ARE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT MEN EXPERIENCE. WHAT ARE THEY?
Heart Attack Symptoms for Women
– pain in chest, shoulder, neck, jaw
– shortness of breath
– nausea, dizziness, vomiting
– indigestion, gas-like pain
– pain between shoulders
WHAT CAN WOMEN DO TO PROTECT THEMSELVES?
1) IMPORTANT: Talk to your personal healthcare provider for what’s best for your particular situation
2) YOU CAN’T CONTROL AGE AND FAMILY HISTORY So be sure to find out your family history of heart disease and if you have it in your family, start preventive measures earlier (blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes testing, etc)
3) BUT YOU CAN CONTROL THE FOLLOWING:
no smoking (show OTC nicotine patches and gum from HealthMart Pharmacies)
CONTROL BLOOD PRESSURE
control blood pressure (OTC omega fish oil, baby aspirin)
control cholesterol (OTC omega 3, garlic)
MAINTAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT
maintain healthy weight and good diet — besides low fat, need more protein, good fats and a balance of fats, carbs, protein
exercise daily (check w/ doctor before starting)
KNOW WARNING SIGNS (see above)
WHAT ABOUT PRESCRIPTION MEDS, SUCH AS HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPHY … DO THEY HELP LOWER YOUR RISK OF HEART ATTACK?
The answer always comes down to the individual patient and her own risks versus benefits. There are recent studies that have shown its affect on cholesterol as well as muscle development and we all know that our heart is the most important muscle in our body. There are many alternatives and options for hormone replacement therapy. One option currently is the Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. This gives you an option to alleviate pre-, peri- and menopausal symptoms with a customized approach for each individual patient. Are you experiencing insomnia, unknown depression, anxiety or irritability, low sex drive or painful intimacy, uncontrollable weight gain, memory loss, chronic headaches, chronic bladder or urinary infections? These are just a few symptoms warranted for the right hormone replacement therapy. No one hormone replacement therapy can fit all women. These hormones can be customzied by your compounding HealthMart pharmacist for your individual treatment depending on your current hormone levels.
With all presription medicines, be sure to discuss with your doctor and consider the risks and benefits in your own case.
HealthMart Pharmacies can customize your personal prescriptions thru their “compounding” service = creating a drug specifically for you.
Whether it’s prescription medicine, alternatives or a special compound created just for you …your local HealthMart Pharmacies like Wasatch HealthMart Pharmacy at 4387 Harrison Blvd, Suite D7 in Ogden can help you. Give Christine a call at (801) 479-0331. They accept most plans at the same co-pay as national brands. Your HealthMart Pharmacies are locally owned and offer the special care and service you can only get from a member of your community.