Many countries celebrate Mother’s Day in the spring. If you are fortunate enough to still have your mom you will be able to celebrate with her on Sunday May 11th. If not, chances are your mom died of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death of women. Breast cancer gets more attention, but more women die of heart disease. One out of three women die each year from heart disease but only one out of thirty- one die of breast cancer. Typically women get symptoms of heart disease about ten years later than men. Symptoms in women start after the change of life known as menopause has occurred. Women may not get the chest pain, arm pain, and sweating that is associated with heart attacks in men. Symptoms of a heart attack are less predictable in women. Because of this, it is important for women to seek help immediately when they start to feel funny. An unusual stomach ache may actually be a heart attack.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says 34% of premature deaths from heart disease are preventable. What can you do to help prevent heart disease from claiming your mom? Let her know she is an important part of your life and you want her to stick around. Ask your mother to take care of herself. The risk factors for heart disease are the same for both men and women. Encourage your mom to maintain a normal weight, eat a diet rich in fruit in vegetables, exercise regularly, not smoke, and make sure her blood pressure is in control.

As a doctor, I recommend buying your mom a Resperate for Mother’s Day to help control her blood pressure. I cannot think of a better gift to promote the health and longevity of your mother. As a Mom, I hope you include some flowers, candy, or a lovely poem with your gift. It is a day to celebrate. She can start using the Resperate on Monday. Let me know how you plan to celebrate Mother’s Day.

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