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5 facts about women’s heart health

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Quick — what’s the strongest, most important muscle in your body? No, it’s not the gluteus maximus you’ve been working out on the weight bench recently. It’s your heart.

Some factors in heart disease development are issues only women have to deal with, like hormonal birth control. Other factors, like genetics and race, can’t be changed; however, lifestyle choices, like eating a healthy diet and quitting smoking, certainly can.

Keep reading to find out five facts about women’s heart health that may be new to you. And even if they aren’t, they’re worth reading again.

  • Women are More Likely to Die of a Heart Attack: That’s right. According to WomenHeart.org, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, Women are more likely to die of a heart attack than men are, and their quality of life post-attack is usually worse than men’s if they survive.
  • Birth Control Can Raise the Risk of Heart Attack: While hormonal birth control pills are generally safe, women with other contributing risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and those who smoke are at a higher risk of heart disease while on the pill. This is especially true once women reach the age of 35.

Full list at HowStuffWorks.com.

Total aggregation of HowStuffWorks.com.

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