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Menopause and Heart Disease Risk Quiz

If you're going through menopause, you may be concerned about health problems. People who have one or more specific risk factors for coronary heart disease may be at much greater risk for heart disease than people with no risk factors. Take this quick quiz to assess your risk.

Answer yes or no to the following questions.

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1) Do you have high blood pressure?

Yes or No

High blood pressure can strain the heart and increase wear and tear on the blood vessels, making blockage more likely.

2) Are you African-American?

Yes or No

African-Americans are more likely than white people to develop severe high blood pressure, as well as heart disease. Heart disease risk is also higher among Mexican-Americans, American Indians, native Hawaiians, and some Asian-Americans. This may be partly due to higher rates of obesity and diabetes.

3) Are you a female?

Yes or No

Men have a higher risk of heart disease than women do. However, the risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women increases and becomes similar to that of men.

4) Do your parents or other family members have heart disease?

Yes or No

The genetic make-up of some individuals increases their chances of developing heart disease.

5) Are you over the age of 40?

Yes or No

The older you get, the more likely you are to develop heart disease.

6) Do you have high cholesterol?

Yes or No

High cholesterol can contribute to the build-up of plaques that can clog the blood vessels leading to the heart, narrowing them and potentially blocking blood flow to the heart.

7) Do you smoke?

Yes or No

Cigarette smoking is a major cause of heart disease. It causes plaque to build up in the arteries and can greatly increase your risk for heart attack.

8) Do you have diabetes?

Yes or No

About three-quarters of people with diabetes die of some form of heart or blood vessel disease. Even when blood sugar levels are under control, diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, but the risks are even greater if blood sugar is not well controlled.

9) Are you physically inactive, overweight, or obese?

Yes or No

An inactive lifestyle is a risk factor for heart disease. Regular physical activity helps prevent heart and blood vessel disease. And people who have excess body fat -- especially around the waist -- are more likely to develop heart disease even if they have no other risk factors. Exercise can help control cholesterol levels, diabetes, and obesity, as well as help lower blood pressure in many people.

Other factors may also contribute to an increased risk of heart disease. These may include an individual's stress level and consumption of alcohol. Talk to your doctor about your specific situation, taking all factors into consideration.

 

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on June 05, 2012

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