Small Vessel Disease | Causes & Risk Factors


Am I at risk for small vessel disease?

Women are at higher risk for small vessel disease. This may be because of hormone levels, and the risk increases after menopause. Other risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking


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Written by editorial staff

Created: 05/10