Prior to menopause, women may have a lower risk than men of developing cardiovascular artery disease (CAD). However, once women’s estrogen levels decline, their risk of heart attack increases. With this in mind, women should not allow themselves to be lulled into a false sense of confidence about their heart health once they reach midlife. The age threshold for being considered at high risk for CAD is 55 for women and 45 for men. At this point, women should pay closer attention to their heart health by undergoing regular examinations and screenings. Low blood levels of HDL (or “good”) cholesterol are likely to be stronger predictors of heart disease death in women than in men in the over-65 age group.

Although the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity affect women and men, other factors such as depression and lack of physical activity may play a bigger role in the development of heart disease in women. At LADIES FIRST OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY OF DOTHAN, we take pride in providing compassionate, patient-centered, state-of-the-art women’s health care. New and established patients are always welcome at our offices located in Dothan, Ozark, & Enterprise. Please call (334) 671-9445 to schedule an appointment. “Excellence in Caring For Women”

P.S. In the United States, one in four women dies from heart disease, which is the number one killer of both women and men in this country.