Heart Screening

Women and Heart Disease

February 7, 2020

You may be surprised to learn that women in the United States have a one in four chance of dying of heart disease, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Of women 40-60 years old, an estimated 80% have at least one risk factor for heart disease, which can double your chances of developing the disease.

The NHLBI lists the following risk factors for heart disease:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes and prediabetes
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being physically inactive
  • Having a family history of early heart disease
  • Having a history of preeclampsia during pregnancy
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Age (55 or older for women)

Dr. Kim Huntington-Alfano thinks it is important for women to understand their individual risks for developing heart disease. “Women are often so busy raising children and working that they put their own well-being on hold,” Dr. Huntington-Alfano said. Heart disease is preventable. It is important to schedule regular checkups, as well as talk with your doctor about ways to prevent and control heart disease.

Our physicians are fully licensed osteopathic doctors who employ a holistic philosophy to healthcare – treating the entire person/family with an emphasis on preventative medicine and health maintenance. For more information, contact the Family Medicine Clinic in Illinois at 630.743.4500 or in Arizona at 623.537.6000.

The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not for use in diagnosing any condition. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment and does not establish a provider/patient relationship. Always consult your own physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions regarding any possible medical condition.

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