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Know your risk for heart disease

Free online heart risk assessment

Taking care of your heart begins with knowing if you are at risk for heart disease. Before you take the assessment, be aware that the best way to reduce your risk for developing heart disease is to understand and address your risk factors. It should not be surprising that two out of every three women have at least one of the following risk factors:

  • A family history of coronary artery disease, stroke or premature heart disease
  • Age 55 or older
  • Being post-menopausal or having your ovaries removed
  • Obesity
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • High blood pressure
  • High total cholesterol and/or low HDL cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Cigarette smoking

It's also important for women to know the signs of a heart attack because women are more likely than men to experience heart attack symptoms that are not related to chest pain. If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately; they may be signs of a heart attack:

  • Neck, shoulder, upper back, jaw or abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual or excessive fatigue
  • Cold sweats

Take our simple heart risk assessment to see if you are at risk.