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CDC has developed a fact sheet "Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Risk Factors for CVD among Women of Reproductive Age (18-44 years)" to help bring attention to the importance of CVD prevention among women of reproductive age as a public health issue. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women. Major risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol often manifest during the reproductive years (ages 18-44). Additionally, pregnancy-related conditions such as gestational hypertension and gestational diabetes are associated with increased future risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
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