Heart-health poor among Mid-State women, report says - WKRN News 2

Heart-health poor among Mid-State women, report says

Nashville is number one in the nation when it comes to the least heart-healthy city for women, according to the American Heart Association.

The association ranked Davidson County and Murfreesboro combined as the least heart friendly city for women among areas with a population more than 1.45 million people.

The study, released Monday, looked at 22 factors, from whether we smoke to what we eat.

Of those factors, it found Mid-State women rank second in terms of the number who smoke. 

On the positive side, area women rank third for the highest number of routine checkups.

Andrea Moore is a nurse at Baptist Hospital.

Even though she's just 28-years-old, she knows she's a candidate for heart disease.

Her father and her grandparents all suffered from heart disease at relatively young ages so she spends her lunch hour in a workout room, peddling a stationary bike.

Moore said exercise is just a matter of routine.

"I don't think people understand the importance of exercising at least two to three times a week. The first part is so hard; it's a change of lifestyle to get into the regiment of a workout," she said.

Cardiologist Stacy Davis said women need to think of heart healthy checkups as they do mammograms.

Regular checkups are a must as is eating right, and exercising.

"What I see and I hear from my patients, too, is they're busy taking care of their kids, taking car of their husbands, working, and they're doing all these things except for taking care of themselves," said Dr. Davis.

She said women need to know their numbers; blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and weight, and keep them in check.

Go Red for Women is an American Heart Association sponsored campaign to promote heart health among women.

For more information and to view the study, visit GoRedForWomen.org.

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