7 Things Women Need to Know About Heart Disease Now

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Here are seven things you need to know to lower your risk of heart disease (8 Photos)

Juhie Bhatia on Feb 13, 2013 at 3:07PM

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7 Things Women Need to Know About Heart Disease Now

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Beware of the Pill

You may know that high blood pressure raises your risk of heart disease, but did you know that taking birth control pills may raise your blood pressure? This is especially true if you're overweight, had high blood pressure during pregnancy, or have a family history of high blood pressure. So be sure to get your blood pressure checked before going on birth control, and continue getting it checked every six months or so. The cardiovascular risks of being on the pill tend to rise after age 35.

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