Heart disease kills one in four womenÃ¢â‚¬”that's three times as deadly as breast cancer, to put it into perspective. Now that we've got your attention, time to learn a bit more. The following four conditions cause major trouble for your heart. Learn about them, and learn how to prevent them.
Heart and blood vessel conditions, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, and heart valve problems, among others
A waxy fat created in the liver and circulated in the bloodstream. Friendly high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the "good" heart-protecting cholesterol; high levels of bad-boy low-density lipoprotein (LDL) can lead to the sticky plaque deposits that cause arterial blockages.
A dangerous cluster of conditions (high blood pressure, excess abdominal fat, elevated blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol) that can send you spiraling toward heart disease; it's rising quickly among women ages 20 to 39 and is often preventable or reversible through diet and exercise
Usually lumped together with cholesterolÃ¢â‚¬”levels are checked concurrentlyÃ¢â‚¬”these are any type of calories stored as fat that the body uses for energy. Left unburned, triglyceride levels will shoot up, increasing your risk for heart disease.