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Causes of Heart Disease

The risks for heart disease in men and women are similar, though some risks are more serious for women. The major risk factors include:

Smoking

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of heart disease in women. More than 50 percent of heart attacks in women are related to tobacco use.

Overweight

Being more than 20 pounds overweight greatly increases your risk for heart problems.

High blood pressure

More than 60 percent of all women older than age 65 have high blood pressure.

High cholesterol

All women older than age 20 should have their cholesterol levels checked.

Inactivity

Being sedentary can greatly increase your risk for heart disease. Even a simple, regular walking program can boost your heart health.

Diabetes

Women with diabetes are three to seven times more likely to have heart disease. This is in contrast to a two- to threefold increase in heart disease for men with diabetes.

Being African-American

Black women have a higher incidence of heart disease than white women.

It’s never too early or too late to reduce your risk

Regardless of your age or if you are a woman or man, talk to your physician about heart disease. Ask your doctor about what you can do to reduce your risk. Discuss your personal health history, and inform your doctor if you have a family history of early death from heart disease.

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The Adventist Heart Institute values your privacy and handles your personal information with care. Your email address and information is secure, confidential and will not be sold to any third party sources.

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