Your Health: 20 Hearts On 20, Part Two
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Heart disease is the number one killer of women, that's why on February 20th, our series 20 Hearts on 20 explored the risks of heart disease as local women learned more about their own heart health.
Through a partnership with North Florida Regional Medical Center, this series offered 20 women a comprehensive risk assessment for heart disease. They agreed to share their results with TV20 in effort to raise awareness about heart disease in women.
There are several things that can increase a person's risk for developing heart disease.
Factors that cannot be changed or controlled are:
- Having a family history of early heart disease
- Age (risk increases as age increases)
Factors that can be controlled are:
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Being overweight
- Being physically inactive
For some women the results were affirmation; for others, they were a wake up call.
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