Some risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, are the same for women and men. Other risk factors are unique to women. These include:
Your general health, everyday habits, and family health history can affect your risk for heart disease. Although you can control some of these risk factors, like your habits, others, like your age or race and ethnicity, can't be controlled. The more risk factors you have for heart disease, the higher your risk.
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Page last updated: May 10, 2017.
Content last reviewed: January 24, 2017.