Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

at risk for heart disease

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Did you know that one in four women develop heart disease in their lifetime? As a 911 dispatcher, I take calls for heart problems all the time, but even I didn’t realize the statistics were that scary.

While there are some risk factors for heart disease you can’t change, there are some that you can. Reducing your risk starts with education. You can’t change what you don’t know.

Are you at Risk for Heart Disease?

The American Heart Association lists the following as risk factors


Increasing Age– Meaning over 65. And if you are a woman over 65, you’re more likely to die from a heart attack.

Male Gender– Men have heart attacks at a younger age than women.

Family History- You can’t change it, but knowledge is power.

Race- African, Mexican and Hawaiian race are at a higher risk.

Stress and you’re response to it- This is changeable. Learn some stress busters and relaxation techniques.

Alcohol– Don’t drink too much.

Tobacco Smoke– Smoking increases your risk of heart problems 2 to 4 times, compared to that of a non smoker! I am so Glad I quit!

High Blood Cholesterol– Get it checked early and often folks! Think you can’t afford it? Call your local hospital and ask about free screenings.

High Blood Pressure– When is the last time you had your’s checked?

Physical Inactivity– Get out and move, just walking 30 minutes each day can help.

Excessive Body Fat, especially at the waist– This is my biggest risk factor and I am working on it.

Diabetes– As if this condition wasn’t bad enough in and of itself,diabetes puts you at serious risk for developing cardiovascular disease. I ask all my 911 callers with chest pain if they are diabetic. More are than aren’t.

What’s the verdict?

Are you at risk for Heart Disease? I am, and I am going to work on changing the risk factors that I can. I hope you will too. I don’t want to be talking to you on the other end of a 911 call anytime soon.


Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment or advice from a qualified medical professional. It is for informational purposes only. If you think you have a medical emergency, stop reading and call 911. 

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  1. Amanda, this is such great information. I have heart disease, PVC’s, irregular heartbeat. I take meds for that and the high blood pressure I also have. Heart disease and high blood pressure run in my family, both paternal and maternal. Both of my parents and both of my brothers had heart disease and high blood pressure also. I, too, need too lose those pounds around the waist because I had read that fact before. The symptoms are different for women than men, I agree, you should do that next. We all need to be informed. Thanks for such good information!
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  2. I think the standard American Diet is a huge risk factor too. To many do not think about their food.

  3. What a great, informative post! In 2011 my husband and I was about to leave for a ministry trip. I had been having “indigestion” for over a week – something I had never had (clue #1). I ran out to check the mail and when I ran back inside I had shortness of breath and pain (not intense) was running down my left arm. I still insisted it was indigestion. My husband whisked me to the hospital and to make a very long story short, my left main coronary artery was almost completely blocked!

    I was in denial for weeks after having a stent placed in the artery because I’ve always been so healthy and never sick. The weird thing is that I had no family history and no other risks. And I was only 50! The doctors and nurses were shocked to say the least – they kept asking me if I smoked because I was too young and too healthy! Thank God I did not have a heart attack, but I ignored the symptoms for almost 2 weeks because they weren’t that bad. I’m doing great now and off all medications, but it was a life changing experience!
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