Determining what variables increase the likelihood of heart disease in women.  

Hypertension: High blood pressure makes the heart work harder, raising heart disease risk. Damaged arteries are less elastic and more prone to plaque.

High cholesterol: Plaque accumulation in the arteries from high LDL and low HDL cholesterol increases the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease.  

Women with diabetes have an increased heart disease risk. Blood arteries and cardiac nerves can be damaged by high blood sugar.  

Smoking: Heart disease is strongly linked to smoking. Smoking causes atheromatous plaques and heart attacks by damaging the artery lining.

Overweight, especially around the belly, raises the risk of heart disease by causing high blood pressure, diabetes, and abnormal cholesterol.

Lack of exercise can cause obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, which raise heart disease risk.  

Poor Diet: Saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and sweets raise heart disease risk. Heart health requires fruits, vegetables, entire grains, and healthy fats.  

Family History: Genetics increase heart disease risk. Family history of heart disease increases women's risk, especially if a close relative acquired it early.  

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