While some of these factors, such as age and family history, cannot be modified, there are plenty others that can. The first step a woman can do towards reducing her risk of coronary disease is to take more responsibility for her health. Women must insist on a thorough risk assessment from their healthcare provider, and not be afraid to ask questions.
The American Heart Association suggests that every woman ask her healthcare provider these 10 questions about cardiovascular disease:
"Women are underrepresented in terms of the workup we do in the cardiac world," says Henrico Doctor’s Hospital cardiologist Dr. Gary Zeevi. "After menopause all women should have a fairly extensive evaluation of their coronary risk."
For more information on women and heart disease, visit the American Heart Association's Website. Learn more about heart attack symptoms in women at RealAge.com.
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