Women and Heart Disease: Assess Your Personal Risk

Are You At An Increased Risk Of Having a Heart Attack?

WebMD Public Information from the National Institutes of Health
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Do you smoke?
Is your blood pressure 140/90 mm Hg or higher, OR you have been told by your doctor that your blood pressure is too high?
Has your doctor told you that your total cholesterol level is 200 mg/dL or higher or your HDL (good cholesterol) is less than 40mg/dL?
Has your father or brother had a heart attack before age 55 OR your mother or sister had one before age 65?
Do you have diabetes OR a fasting blood sugar of 126mg/dL or higher, OR do you need medicine to control your blood sugar?
Are you a man over 45 years of age?
Are you a woman over 55 years old?
Do you have a body mass index (BMI) score of 25 or more?
Do you get less than a total of 30 minutes of physical activity on most days?
Has a doctor told you that you have angina (chest pains), or have you had a heart attack?

If you answered "yes" to any of these boxes, you're at an increased risk of having a heart attack. If you don't know your blood pressure or cholesterol, check with your health care provider.

WebMD Public Information from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on August 28, 2008


Originally published in 2003 by "Heart Truth," a campaign of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.