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The Heart Truth - Heart Disease Awareness for WomenHeart Disease is the #1 Killer of Women

According to the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease, which causes heart attack, is the single leading cause of death for American women. Are you at risk?

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

  • High blood pressure 
  • High blood cholesterol 
  • Diabetes 
  • Smoking 
  • Being overweight 
  • Being physically inactive 
  • Having a family history of early heart disease 
  • Age (55 or older for women)

Tips for Heart Health

  • Don’t smoke, and if you do, quit. Women who smoke are two to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than nonsmoking women. Smoking also boosts the risk of stroke and cancer.
  • Aim for a healthy weight. It’s important for a long, vigorous life. Overweight and obesity cause many preventable deaths.
  • Get moving. Make a commitment to be more physically active. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most, preferably all, days of the week.
  • Eat for heart health. Choose a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterols, and moderate in total fat.
  • Know your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose. Work with your doctor to improve any numbers that are not normal.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  1. What is my risk for heart disease?
  2. What are my blood pressure, cholesterol (total, LDL< HDL, and triglycerides), body mass index, and blood glucose numbers and what do they mean?
  3. What other screening tests for heart disease do I need?
  4. What can you do to help me quit smoking?
  5. How can I tell if I may be having a heart attack?

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