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AUDIO: Dr. Fogoros Talks About Heart Disease, Prevention & Reducing Risk

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What should women do to reduce their odds of getting heart disease?

Dr. Richard Fogoros: Well, to a large extent women need to do all the stuff that we’ve been hearing about for 20 years that men need to do, right? So the risk factors for heart disease are to a large extent, similar between men and women.

There are some risk factors that you can’t do anything about, like your family history. You don’t get to control that, and your age. For women, the risk of heart disease starts to skyrocket at the age of 55 or at menopause. Being a menstruating woman seems to offer some significant protection from heart disease for most women, not all but for most. But the incidence of heart disease rises rapidly when menopause occurs and by the age of 65 or 70, the incidence of heart disease in men and women turn out to be about the same.

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