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Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

Causes of Heart Disease

Heart disease can surface in many different ways. It is important to be familiar with these conditions so you can make smart choices and live a healthy lifestyle. There is a lot of research that supports that heart disease is preventable.

Most important to note: heart disease affects women of all ages.

According to goredforwomen.org, “heart disease affects the blood vessels and cardiovascular system. Numerous problems can result from this, many of which are related to a process called atherosclerosis, a condition that develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the blood flow. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.”

Heart disease can also be the result of congestive health failure, arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythm, and heart valve problems.

Read: Make the effort to prevent heart disease with Life’s Simple 7.

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