Hear Nancy Lonsdorf, MD interview Suzanne Steinbaum M.D on the surprising rising incidence of heart disease in young women and how women can avoid this number one cause of death through simple preventative practices.
Dr. Steinbaum a top expert on heart health, is the director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She has been named one of New York’s best doctors and is a practicing cardiologist. In addition, she is the national spokesperson for Go Red for Women and is the author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life.
In the beginning of the interview Dr. Lonsdorf asks Dr. Steinbaum about her unique approach to women’s heart health and why, unlike most cardiologists, she focuses on preventative health.
Dr. Steinbaum explains that 80-90% of heart disease is preventable and that simple changes in diet, exercise and stress management choices can have a profound effect on the risk of heart disease. She also points out that women, in particular, are as vulnerable as men when it comes to heart disease and that the largest growing demographic of heart attack risk is women under the age of 55.
What’s causing this unexpected rise in heart disease in young women? The answer is simply, lifestyle. Dr. Steinbaum strongly recommends taking proactive steps to lower this risk. These steps include:
- Finding a way to manage stress levels
- Exercising every single day
- Choosing a diet that is sustainable and well rounded
- Minimizing sugars and processed foods
For her own personal stress management, Dr. Steinbaum says that she uses Transcendental Meditation. She explains that TM is a highly effective way to release stress and studies have shown there is a 48% reduction in cardiovascular disease in those who use the technique.
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