• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health Tips: Women’s health

May 10, 2017

a group of smiling, happy women standing together outdoors in a row, with their arms around one another's shouldersWomen's health: Prevent the top threats
The biggest threats to women's health, which include heart disease, stroke, cancer and unintentional injuries, often are preventable. Take control by talking with your health care provider about your risk factors for these conditions, and then get serious about reducing your risk. Here's what you need to know to live a longer, healthier life.

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Spontaneous coronary artery dissection
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection — sometimes referred to as SCAD — is an uncommon emergency condition that occurs when a tear forms in one of the blood vessels in the heart. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection most commonly affects women in their 40s and 50s, although it can occur at any age. It also can occur in men. People who develop spontaneous coronary artery dissection often are healthy, and most don't have risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Video: Vitamins 101
You may know that vitamins are good for you. But how do you know which ones you need and which ones could be bad for you if you take too much? Learn more about taking vitamin supplements safely in this short video.

Hoarding disorder: Symptoms and causes
Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items and may not see it as a problem — even when it creates an unsafe living environment. This makes treatment a challenge. Learn about the symptoms and causes of hoarding disorder.

How fit are you? See how you measure up
Are you ready to start a fitness program? Knowing how fit you are can help you set realistic exercise goals. Get started with this simple assessment to check your heart rate, strength, flexibility and more. Then, use the results to set fitness goals and track your progress.

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