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Did you know that heart disease is still the number one cause of death in women? Up to 24 % of deaths are due to heart attacks and 7 % due to strokes. Women need to be aware of this and take charge of their own health. Risk factors specific to women include: -high blood pressure during pregnancy also known as preeclampsia -taking the birth control pill for contraception -hormone replacement therapy for menopause How do you prevent a stroke: 1. Quit smoking. 2. Regular exercise (moderate-paced 30 minutes of walking four times per week). 3. Consume no more than 8 ounces of alcohol per week. 4. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and olive oil, and minimize processed food. 5. No more than 2000