Women's Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for American women. At menopause, a woman's heart disease risk starts to increase significantly. Each year, 88,000 women ages 45 to 64 have a heart attack. Beginning at age 50, more women than men have elevated cholesterol levels. That's why it's important to maintain a healthy heart for life.
The following lifestyle factors will help reduce your risk for developing heart disease:
- Quit smoking
- 60 - 90 minutes of moderate physical activity every day
- Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all
- Reduce calorie and saturated fat intake
- Avoid foods high in sodium
- Eat fresh vegetables and low-fat dairy products
- Take our Women & Heart Disease quiz to test your knowledge about heart health.
The experts at the Gill Heart Institute provide high quality clinical heart care and leading-edge heart health research. Learn more.
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