01/31/2013 05:22 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How Women Can Keep Their Hearts Healthy, From Dr. Nancy Snyderman (WATCH)

The wonderful Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the Chief Medical Editor of NBC News, joined me on Mondays With Marlo. We got to cover lots of topics, including how women can keep their hearts healthy.

The first step is preventing heart disease, Dr. Snyderman said. Not smoking is one of the best things you can do for heart health, so if you're currently lighting up, it's time to get help and quit. Be aware of your weight and waist size: a 35-inch or larger waist is a cause for concern. Knowing your family's health history is important too, said Dr. Snyderman. If heart disease runs in your family, you might be at greater risk.

Finally, Dr. Snyderman stressed the importance of women knowing the signs of heart disease, since they're often different than what men experience. If you're feeling exhausted, can't catch your breath, or have an upset stomach, call your doctor. Taking a baby aspirin daily might be beneficial as well. It will thin your blood and might reduce your risk of blood clots.

For more important health info, see Dr. Nancy Snyderman's tips for staying healthy:

Dr. Nancy Snyderman's Tips To Stay Healthy

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