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The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women

Major Risk Factors for Heart Disease

As important as it is to work closely with your doctor, it is only the first step. To make a lasting difference in your heart health, you'll also need to educate yourself about heart disease and about the kinds of habits and conditions that can raise your risk. It's your heart, and you're in charge. What follows is a basic guide to the most important risk factors for heart disease and how each of them affects a woman's health.

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Last Updated: February 29, 2012

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