Health Matters

Heart And General Health For Women

Guest: Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton

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If women are healthier, communities are healthier. Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, an ob/gyn physician in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine talks about heart and general health.

“In America, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. Instead of chest pain, women with heart trouble may experience shortness of breath, upper back or jaw pain, nausea, or other symptoms. Preeclampsia or diabetes during pregnancy increases the likelihood of heart disease.”

“Help protect the women in your life by reminding them to get their annual check-ups even when they are feeling well.”

  • Make a list of concerns to discuss at doctor's visits.
  • Know your numbers, such as your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
  • Support each other to be healthier – catch up over walks, cook healthy meals together, make time for relaxation.

“Healthy women can be the drive towards healthier communities.”

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