6 things every woman should know about heart health

Heart disease is the nation’s leading killer of women. But paying attention to risk factors and living a healthy lifestyle can help keep heart disease at bay.

“It’s an equal opportunity killer,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, a professor of cardiology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York.

“Women in mid-life are definitely at the highest risk. It’s a volatile time for women, as the menopause transition is marked by changes in body composition, fat distribution and an increase in cholesterol levels.”

Among women, 90% have one or more risk factors for heart disease at some point in their lives, according to American Heart Association statistics. Yet 80% of cardiovascular diseases are preventable.