Menopause/Age

  • You are more likely to have high blood pressure if you have a family history of high blood pressure. Typically women get heart disease later than men do. This is because until menopause, the ovaries produce the hormone estrogen. Estrogen keeps the blood vessels relaxed and help maintain a healthy balance of good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Once women go through menopause, they stop producing estrogen, increasing their risk of getting heart disease.

Family History

  • You are more likely to have high blood pressure if you have a family history of high blood pressure.
  • Your family history can also increase your risk for heart disease.
  • If heart disease runs in your family it is probably because your family carries genes that raise the chances.
  • Make sure to talk to your doctor regarding your family health history in order to take any precautionary measures. 

Websites Used

  1. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hdw/atrisk
  2. https://www.womenshealth.gov/heart-disease-and-stroke/heart-disease/heart-disease-risk-factors/cant-control
  3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease/art-20046167?pg=1
  4. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease/art-20046167?pg=2