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A Woman's Heart Disease Risk

You're at risk for heart disease:

  • If your father had a heart attack before age 56 or if your mother had one before age 60.

  • If you are 20 percent or more overweight.

  • If body fat is concentrated around your midsection.

  • If you have a low level of HDL ("good") cholesterol and a high level of LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

  • If you have diabetes.

  • If you have high blood pressure.

  • If you smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke.

  • If you don't exercise.

  • If you are under constant stress.

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