American Heart Association Go Red for Women
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One of the risk factors related to heart disease is having too much salt in our meals.
The American Heart Association recommends to aim to eat less than 1500 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day because for its harmful side effects such as elevated blood pressure, increased risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease.
By tradition most Hispanic foods are well seasoned, but one must not confuse good seasoning with just adding excess salt when cooking to try and get “authentic flavor.”
Today, an estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease and it affects women of all ethnicities, including Hispanics. Here are 5 facts about Latinas and heart disease:
1) Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.
2) Only 1 in 3 Hispanic women are aware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer.
3) Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at a higher risk.