Risk Factors For Women and Heart Disease

Here’s a glance at a woman’s heart disease risk factors:

  1. Smoking (including exposure to secondhand smoke)
  2. High total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
  3. Low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
  4. High blood pressure
  5. Lack of exercise
  6. Being obese or overweight
  7. Having diabetes
  8. Having a family history
  9. Other factors, such as being peri-menopausal or menopausal, low vitamin D, elevated C-reactive protein and too much stress

Learn more about heart disease risk factors specific to women.