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What can raise your chances of heart disease and other complications?

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Your chances of heart disease and other complications are higher if you:

  • Are older than 35
  • Have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol
  • Smoke
  • Have ever had a stroke, heart attack, or blood clots
  • Get migraines with aura

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: "Hormonal Contraception."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Heart Disease Fact Sheet."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring."

American Heart Association: "Birth Control and Heart Disease."

Mayo Clinic: "Healthy Lifestyle Birth Control."

National Institutes of Health: "Contraceptive Hormone Use and Cardiovascular Disease."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Cholesterol."

American Family Physician: "Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 03, 2018

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: "Hormonal Contraception."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Heart Disease Fact Sheet."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring."

American Heart Association: "Birth Control and Heart Disease."

Mayo Clinic: "Healthy Lifestyle Birth Control."

National Institutes of Health: "Contraceptive Hormone Use and Cardiovascular Disease."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Cholesterol."

American Family Physician: "Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 03, 2018

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