Heart and Vascular Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about women's heart and vascular health

Should all women consider themselves at risk for heart disease? What risk factors can women control?

Dr. Alappatt discusses women’s risk for heart disease and risk factors they can control. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript


All women should consider themselves at risk for heart disease because heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC). One in every four women’s deaths are caused by heart disease.

While some risk factors, such as family history, cannot be changed, there are risk factors women can choose to control. According to the CDC, risk factors of heart disease that women can choose to improve include:

  • Alcohol use in excess
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL
  • Obesity and overweight
  • Physical inactivity
  • Poor diet
  • Smoking

For more information about risk factors for heart attack that women face, talk with your doctor.

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Source content: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center

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