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How high is the risk?

By August 17, 2014 - 2:50am
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My mom is 60. Her cholesterol is 240. She is overweight. She is 196 pounds at 5"3. She is menopausal. Her mother passed away from a heart sttack at age 54 or 55. How high is her risk for a heart attack.?

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Hello Bathsheva,

Thank you for your question. It is apparent that you are concerned about your mother's risk for having a heart attack. Indeed, she has several risk factors.

The risk for a heart attack increases for women after the age of 55 or after they have reached menopause.

A family history of early heart disease is another factor. Your risk increases if your father or a brother was diagnosed with heart disease before 55 years of age, or if your mother or a sister was diagnosed with heart disease before 65 years of age.

Total cholesterol levels of 240 or higher means that you have a greater risk of developing heart disease. The higher the number, the greater your risk.

Bathsheva, obesity is another risk factor. Under the guidance of her physician, your mother can try to lose weight, control her cholesterol levels and reduce her risk.


August 17, 2014 - 7:17am
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