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Health Tip: Women and Heart Disease

Things you can do to lower your risk

(HealthDayNews) -- Twice as many women die from heart disease each year as from all types of cancer combined, including breast cancer, Duke University Medical Center says.

While some risk factors such as family history are beyond your control, here are a few habits you can adopt to help ensure a heart-healthy future:

  • Don't smoke.
  • Have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly.
  • Lose weight if you're overweight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Reduce stress.

Ask your doctor which lifestyle changes may work best for you.

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