Our Services
Our Provider
Our Staff
Our Location
Services
News
Links
Insurance
Patient Education
Videos
New Patients
Test Instructions
FAQ's
Employee Section
Patient Privacy
A Guide to Women's Heart Disease and Stroke Risk Factors
High Blood Pressure More prevalent as a cause of death in women than men
For Americans age 20 and older:
31% of Caucasian females have high blood pressure
45% of African-American females have high blood pressure
28% of Mexican-American females have high blood pressure
Leading cause of stroke.
More widespread when taking oral contraceptives, especially if associated with
obesity or advanced age
Smoking 20 percent of women of American women smoke, putting them at an increased risk of
stroke or heart attack
For Americans age 18 and older:
21% of Caucasian females smoke
18% of African-American females smoke
12% of Mexican-American females smoke
Cholesterol Starting at 45 years old, a higher percentage of women than men have a cholesterol of
200 mg/dL or higher
The risk of a heart attack is much higher when the HDL ("good cholesterol") is low and
the LDL ("bad cholesterol") is elevated
For Americans age 20 and older:
54% of Caucasian females have high cholesterol
46% of African-American females have high cholesterol
45% of Mexican-American females have high cholesterol
Exercise Physical inactivity is more common in women than in men.
In a recent study of 72,000 female nurses showed that moderate intensity exercise is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of stroke compared with physical activity performed at a casual pace
Obesity For Americans age 20 and older:
57% of Caucasian females have are overweight or obese
77% of African-American females are overweight or obese
72% of Mexican-American females are overweight or obese
Diabetes At least 65% of people with diabetes will die from some form of heart or blood vessel
disease
Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates two to four times higher than those
adults without diabetes
The risk of stroke is two to four times higher as well
For Americans age 20 and older:
5% of Caucasian females have been diagnosed with diabetes
13% of African-American females have been diagnosed with diabetes
11% of Mexican-American females have been diagnosed with diabetes

Healthy Goals for women
Total Cholesterol Less than 200 mg/dL
LDL (bad) Cholesterol Goals vary based on risk: Low risk: less than 160 mg/dL Intermediate risk: less than 130 mg/dL High risk: less than 100 mg/dL
HDL (good) Cholesterol 50 mg/dL or higher
Triglycerides Less than 150 mg/dL
Blood Pressure Less than 120/80 mm Hg
Fasting Glucose Less than 100 mg/dL
Body Mass Index (BMI Less than 25 Kg/m
Waist Circumference Less than 35 inches
Exercise At least 30 minutes on most days of the week
Eat A balanced diet emphasizing a variety of fruits and vegetables, grains, low fat dairy products, whole grains, legumes and low fat proteins (poultry, lean meats, and plant sources)
Don't Smoke If you smoke - STOP!
Schedule Regular visits with your doctor