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 Yes No Don't Know 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.