Published on March 27, 2018

Are you at risk for heart disease?

Age and menopause are heart disease risk factors for women.

Women stretchingWomen typically get heart disease 10 years after men do. Other heart disease risk factors for women include:

Family history. Your risk is higher if your father or brother had heart disease before age 55. It also jumps if your mother or sister had it before 65.

Lack of physical activity. Fewer than 1 in 5 American women gets enough exercise.

High blood pressure. Two out of 3 women over 60 have high blood pressure.

Too many pounds. The more overweight you are, the higher your risk of heart disease.

Diabetes. The disease seriously raises your risk for heart disease.

Smoking. People who smoke are up to four times more likely to have heart disease. The longer you smoke, the higher your risk.

Stress. Long-term stress raises your chances of heart disease.

If you already have heart disease, stress increases your risk of heart attack.

Sources: Office on Women’s Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services