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Women can make several lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of heart disease, including:

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Eat a healthy diet

that includes whole grains, a variety of fruits and vegetables, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, and lean meats. Avoid saturated or trans fat, added sugars, and high amounts of salt.

Women also need to take prescribed medications appropriately, such as blood pressure medications, blood thinners and aspirin. And they’ll need to better manage other conditions that are risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

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Heart disease for women risk factors:

Diabetes:

Women with diabetes are at greater risk of heart disease than are men with diabetes.

Mental stress and depression:

Women’s hearts are affected by stress and depression more than men’s. Depression makes it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle and follow recommended treatment, so talk to your doctor if you’re having symptoms of depression.

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Smoking:

In women, smoking is a greater risk factor for heart disease in women than it is in men.

Inactivity:

A lack of physical is major risk factor for heart disease, and some research has found women to be more inactive than men.

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Overweight:

(Body Mass Index [BMI] 2529.9-) or Obesity (BMI higher than 30)

Menopause:

Low levels of estrogen after menopause pose a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease in the smaller blood vessels (coronary microvascular disease).

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Broken heart syndrome:

This condition often brought on by stressful situations that can cause severe, but usually temporary, heart muscle failure occurs more commonly in women after menopause. This condition may also be called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy.

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Pregnancy complications:

High blood pressure or diabetes during pregnancy can increase women’s long-term risk of high blood pressure and diabetes and increase the risk of development of heart disease in the mothers.

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Poor diet:

Family history of heart or vascular disease:

Some research has found that if you had pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure or diabetes your children may also have an increased risk of heart disease in the future.

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