ST. LOUIS, MO (STLMoms) - 1 in 3 deaths in women are from cardiovascular disease and stroke, but much of it can be prevented.
Dr. Charles Callison is an Interventional Neurologist with SSM Depaul Health Center here to talk more about stress and heart attacks in women.
He says that the biggest risk factors are stress, smoking, and alcohol.
Smoking raises triglycerides, damages cells that line the blood vessels, increases the buildup of plaque in blood vessels, and causes blood vessels to thicken and narrow.
Alcohol, in moderation, can improve heart health, but in excess can cause major problems.
The doctor also explains that the distraction of work often stops regular workouts, and that 30 minutes of cardio-exercise can improve your heart health.