Women and Heart Disease

Arlene Silva

For your female patients, a listing of major risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke claim the lives of nearly twice as many women in the United States than do all forms of cancer, including breast cancer. The following factors can increase a woman’s chance of developing heart disease and stroke:

*Increasing Age
*Family History of Heart Disease
*Previous Heart Attack, Stroke or TIA
*Tobacco Smoke
*High Blood Cholesterol
*High Blood Pressure
*Physical Inactivity
*Obesity and Overweight
*Diabetes Mellitus
*Menopause and Estrogen Loss
*Birth Control Pills
*High Triglyceride Levels
*Excessive Alcohol Intake
*Excess Stress

For more information, please visit http://www.americanheart.org/Heart_and_Stroke_A_Z_Guide/women.html

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