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Know Your Risk

Gail Alexander-Wright didn’t know that her father and all of his siblings had had heart attacks relatively early in their lives. She also didn’t know that her diet was unhealthy, or that her blood sugar levels were leading her down a road towards diabetes. She figured that because she was young and in general felt fine, that nothing was wrong. But as it turns out, all of those things mattered, and unfortunately it took suffering a heart attack to find out.

Gail’s family history, eating habits and sleep patterns are just a few of the factors that raise a woman’s risk for heart disease. But the good news is, 80 percent of heart attacks and strokes can be treated, prevented and even ended, if women learn about what puts them at risk and take action toward fighting it. We’ll show you what those risk factors are and how making positive changes can put an end to heart disease, the No. 1 killer in women, once and for all.