More women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. About 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts when it comes to diet, exercise and not smoking.
Many of the risk factors for heart disease can be treated or controlled such as smoking, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes. Other risks which can't be controlled include:
Your chance of developing heart disease increases with age, and it goes up greatly after menopause. But women of all ages should be concerned about heart disease. It's never too early or too late to take steps to protect your heart and make heart-healthy lifestyle choices.
Take the Heart CheckUp from the American Heart Association to assess your main cardiovascular health risk factors.