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Heart disease: Know your risk

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Are you at risk for having a heart attack?

Factors such as your age, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure affect your heart health. Use this Web tool to determine your 10-year risk of having a heart attack.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Reading those words may make you feel like you have no control. But many things can affect whether or not you develop heart disease, some of which you can control. That's why it is important to understand your personal risk factors.

Risk factors are conditions, habits, family history, and other facts about yourself that make you more likely to develop certain diseases. The more risk factors you have, the higher your risk of getting certain diseases. Some risk factors such as age or family history can't be controlled. But many can be controlled by making changes in the way you live. In this section you can learn more about the different kinds of risk factors that you can and can't control.

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More information on Heart disease and stroke prevention

Read more from womenshealth.gov

  • A Lifetime of Good Health: Your Guide to Staying Healthy - This guide to staying healthy provides information on women's health needs for living long and living well throughout the years. Although you cannot control all risk factors for diseases, such as your age or family history, you can control many risk factors by following the key preventive steps included in the guide.
  • Heart Disease Fact Sheet - This fact sheet on women and heart disease includes information about risk factors, prevention, and treatment of heart disease.
  • Stroke Fact Sheet - This fact sheet answers questions about stroke, including information about warning signs, effects, and risk factors.

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Content last updated: February 01, 2009.

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