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Do women face different risk factors for coronary heart disease than men?

For many years, coronary heart disease was widely believed to be a man's disease. We now know this is incorrect; heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men. Women also face unique risk factors. For example, oral contraceptives increase your risk for blood clots. If you are a woman using oral contraceptives who also smokes, your risk of developing coronary heart disease is increased. Metabolic syndrome-the distribution of fat around your abdomen, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high triglycerides-is a greater risk factor for women than men. Clinically depressed women are two to three times more likely than non-depressed women to develop coronary heart disease. Finally, low estrogen levels after menopause increase a woman's risk.
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hrough your body; it then takes away carbon dioxide and other waste your body doesn't need. Signs of poor circulation include cold hands and feet, numbness, dizziness, migraines, varicose veins and pain in your feet or legs. Untreated, poor circulation can lead to stroke, high blood pressure, kidney damage and other diseases. Learn more about your heart and circulatory system with expert advice from Sharecare.
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