An official says to make heart health a top priority

As your schedule becomes busy again, a Bryan health official says women should make sure heart health is a top priority.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — As your schedule becomes busy again, a Bryan Health official says women should make sure heart health is a top priority.

“We’ve all been under increased stress and so for a lot of people you know maybe you didn’t feel safe going to the gym and exercising or got out of rhythm with healthy eating habits,” said Kristin Syde, Bryan Heart.

“I think coming out of, out of last year and into this year trying to focus on reinstituting healthy behavior.”

Syde specializes in cardiology and says the pandemic put a lot of people especially women in caretaking positions.

She says to get your annual physical that you may have skipped and try to add moderate exercise for 30 minutes each day if you stopped going to the gym.

“Heart disease can present differently in women, so where chest pain is a common symptom of heart disease,” said Syde. “Women are more likely to have some other more vague symptoms, whether it be shortness of breath, feeling more fatigued, feeling dizzy, or lightheaded.

So some different kinds of symptoms can be indicators of heart disease and women might have.”

When it comes to updates in heart health, Syde says there are tests you can do to see if heart disease runs in your family and screening tests to detect early heart disease.

“Know your numbers or know your risk factors so it’s heart disease, something that runs in your family,” said Syde. “Are you aware of what your blood sugar is your blood pressure, your cholesterol? All of those things put you at higher risk of heart disease and are all things that we can improve upon.”

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