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Risk Factors For Heart Disease

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Blood pressure

Many studies have shown an association between elevated blood pressure and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke in both women and men.

Studies also have shown that controlling blood pressure through weight reduction and antihypertensive (blood pressure lowering) medication results in a significant reduction in the development of coronary heart disease and stroke.

Regular checkups with your health care provider are important so that elevated blood pressure can be screened, since it generally has no symptoms.


Cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of coronary heart disease in women, with more than 50 percent of heart attacks among middle aged women attributable to tobacco. The risk of developing heart disease begins to decline within months of quitting smoking  and reaches the level of those who have never smoked within 3 to 5 years.

While quitting smoking is no easy task, studies have shown that the more times you attempt to quit, the more likely your next try will be successful. Speak to your healthcare provider about setting a date for quitting, obtaining nicotine substitutes, utilizing hypnosis, and joining group therapy. One of these methods might work for you.


Moderate amounts of alcohol (one to two drinks per day) may provide some protection from coronary heart disease. However, higher amounts of alcohol have the opposite effect, causing alcoho related heart disease. In addition, alcohol consumption is linked to several types of cancers, including breast cancer, with intake as little as 2 drinks per day. Thus, you should limit yourself to 1 to 2 drinks per day.


Mental stress, type A personalities, and job stress all have been linked with the development of coronary heart disease. Recent studies on the effects of relaxation techniques and lifestyle changes that reduce stress show great promise. As a holistic approach to menopausal health, reduce stress by simplifying your life as much as possible and learn relaxation techniques to better handle the stresses that remain.

Preventing Heart Disease

The prevention of heart disease can become a part of every woman’s healthy lifestyle. You should eat a low fat and phytoestrogen rich diet. You should perform cardiovascular exercise at least three times a week. Keep your blood pressure controlled, do not smoke, use alcohol in moderation, and keep stress to a minimum. You will find life enjoyable, your energy high, and personal fulfillment maximized by these important interventions.

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