Like many women, you might consider breast cancer your top health concern. But you may not realize there’s an even bigger risk to your health: heart disease.
It’s the leading killer of both men and women, and it’s surprisingly common. Heart disease strikes nearly 1 in 3 women during their lifetime, compared to 1 in 8 women who will get breast cancer.
Heart disease risk factors
Some things can make you more likely than the average person to get heart disease, which sets the stage for heart attacks. For instance, your risk rises if you:
4 ways to protect your heart
A good first step is to see your health care provider. Ask about your personal risk for heart disease and what you can do to lower it.
Meanwhile, you can:
Sources: American College of Cardiology; American Heart Association; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Contact the CMH-OHSU Health Cardiology Clinic at 503-338-4087.
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