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Every month, Harvard Women’s Health Watch puts you in closer touch with everything that’s happening right now in the new age of women’s health and medicine. New prevention strategies, new diagnostic techniques, new medications and treatments. From heart disease in women to breast cancer, from diet and nutrition to vitamins and supplements, from hormone therapy to exercise and strength training, Harvard Women’s Health Watch focuses on health from a woman’s perspective.
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Harvard Women’s Health Watch is filled with health advances every woman deserves to know:
- Exercise actually behaves like medicine to improve thinking skills and brain health. Best news: Some benefits are instantaneous. Doing aerobic exercise before an exam improved response time and performance.
- Don’t worry if your heartbeat fluctuates. Most women think their heart should tick along like clockwork. But the reality is a healthy heart speeds up and slows down to match your body’s need for oxygen. There are two signs when a change in heart rate can signify a problem: when you have an unusually high resting heart rate or a low maximum heart rate. Be sure to discuss either of these issues with your doctor.
- Aspirin: Lifesaving first aid. Although not many of us take aspirin for our aches and pains, we’d all be wise to keep a bottle of uncoated, 325-mg aspirin on hand for emergencies. If anyone in your home has symptoms of heart attack or stroke, first call 911, then have them chew one aspirin tablet (or four baby aspirin) thoroughly before swallowing. A chewed aspirin lowers dangerous thromboxane levels three times faster than one that is swallowed whole. Aspirin may help to break up blood clots obstructing your vessels.
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