Talk to me about preventative strategies. What are some ways for women to keep their hearts healthy?
Dr. Alfred Bove:
Well, I would say that the same rules apply for men and women, that is, you’ve got to be watching your cardiovascular risk factors, those include blood lipids, cholesterol and LDL cholesterol and HDL, those are important. You don’t want to be a smoker because smoking damages the inner lining of the blood vessels and make sure that risk refers to us.
You don’t want to have high blood pressure and you’d certainly not like to have diabetes. Those are the key risk factors and you can’t change your family history. If your parents had heart disease, well, you know you can’t go back and yell at your parents, that’s the way it is, but you can modify diabetes, you can modify cigarette smoking, you can modify blood lipids, you can modify hypertension and you can modify exercise and those are the key things that everybody should adhere to.