Smoking a big risk factor for heart disease and stroke among women
(NC)—According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease and stroke among women.In fact, smokers have nearly double the risk of certain types of stroke. However, just 24 hours after quitting, the chance of heart attack decreases. And after one year, the risk of heart attack is half that of a smoker. Heart disease and stroke is a leading cause of death for women in Canada, and kills seven times more women than breast cancer. Nine in 10 Canadian women have at least one significant risk factor for heart disease or stroke. Many women are either unaware of the symptoms or simply ignore them. Women can assess their risk for heart disease and stroke by taking an online quiz at TheHeartTruth.ca/quiz.
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