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Risk Factors for Women's Heart Disease

Risk factors are conditions or habits that increase your chances of developing a disease or having it worsen. For women, risk increases at age 55. Risk is also increased if there is a strong family history of early heart disease. There are many risk factors that you can control. They include the following:

  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure: 140/90 or above. Even high normal blood pressure (130-139/85-89) raises your risk
  • High Cholesterol
  • Overweight/obesity: Ideal weight is a BMI between 18.5-24.9
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diabetes