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HEALTHIER YOU: Every beat of your heart

February 12, 2019 by  
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Every beat of your heart

BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN

DR. ANNETTE MAYE

February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness of the most important muscle in our bodies. For the black community, the facts are plain: African-Americans are at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke than White Americans. Between the ages of 45 and 64, the risk is 70% higher for black men and 50% higher for black women.

During pregnancy, the requisite weight gain sometimes makes women’s hearts work harder during daily activities. Pregnant women were once told that their heart rate should not exceed 140 beats per minute. To put that number into context, the American Heart Association estimates that a 30-year-old woman’s heart rate should be between 95 and 162 beats per minute during moderate exercise. You should always avoid overexertion, but today, there is no limit on heart rate for pregnant women.

Your body goes through many different changes during pregnancy. It is important to pay attention to any physical changes you notice — including when you exercise — and talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have. If you notice the following symptoms, stop exercising right away and call your doctor:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Fluid leaking from your vagina
  • Uterine contractions
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Uneven heartbeat
  • Headache

For more information, call Las Vegas All Women’s Care at (702) 522-9640. Or visit us at 700 Shadow Lane #165 in Las Vegas.

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