Are You At Increased Risk For A Heart Attack?
Take Dr. Donnica's Decisionnaire ™. Check off all the points that apply to you and take this list with you when you consult your physician. According to data from the US National Center for Health Statistics, two thirds of women in the US have at least one major coronary risk factor. This percentage rises with increasing age and menopause. In addition, more than one third of women aged 20-74 have high blood pressure, more than one in four women have high cholesterol, more than one in four women smoke, and more than one in four women are significantly overweight. Six out of ten American women are physically inactive. Be sure to discuss your risk for heart disease with your physician (sooner rather than later!) if you have 2 or more of these risk factors checked.
|___ || I smoke ____ packs per day, (or used to smoke) for ____ years.|
|___ || I have diabetes.|
|___ || I have a sedentary lifestyle.|
|___ || I use sudden-but infrequent-exertion (e.g. shoveling snow).|
|___ || I am more than 10 pounds overweight.|
|___ || I have a family history of heart attack or heart disease|
|___ || I have already had a heart attack.|
|___ || I have already had a stroke.|
|___ || I experience high levels of stress.|
|___ || I have-or have had-clinical depression.|
|___ || I have high blood pressure.|
|___ || I have high cholesterol.|
|___ || I am over age 50.|
|___ || I am a menopausal woman, not currently on estrogen therapy.|
|___ || I have heart disease.|
|___ || I am African American.|
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Created: 9/22/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.