Stoddard discusses women's risk for heart disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Over one quarter of all deaths are from heart disease. It is also a major cause of disability.
The risk of heart disease increases as you age. You have a greater risk of heart disease if you are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55.
You also are at greater risk if you have a close family member who had heart disease at an early age.
"One important thing to note about women and heart disease is that their symptoms can be atypical," Dr. Marcus Stoddard, professor of medicine and director of the Non-Invasive Cardiology Program in the University of Louisville Division of Cardiovascular Medicine said.