Know Your Risks
Are You at Risk?
Smoking – Smoking is incredibly damaging to your heart and vascular system. Nearly as many female smokers die from heart disease as from lung cancer. The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment of smoking cessation. Meriter offers one of the most successful smoking cessation programs available anywhere.
High Blood Pressure – Even a slightly high blood pressure doubles the risk for heart disease.
High Cholesterol – About one-third of American women have high enough cholesterol to pose a serious heart disease risk.
Obesity – The term "obesity" describes a weight that is at least 20% more than what is considered normal or healthy for your height. Losing only 5%-10% of your weight is proven to lower your chance of developing heart disease.
Diabetes (Type 2) – This growing epidemic makes a woman 3 to 7 times more likely to have heart disease.
Stress – Stress raises blood pressure and leads to a tendency to overeat or drink.
Family History – If you have a blood relative with heart disease, your risk significantly increases. The more you know about your family's health history, the more you can do to protect yourself.
Age – Your risk for heart disease increases with age.
You can't change your age or family history, but the other risk factors are within your control.