Women and men just aren’t the same, particularly when it comes to their health risks. According to everydayhealth.com, the first step to staying healthy is knowing what you’re up against, and then taking the necessary precautions to reduce your risk. The good news is that many of the leading threats to women’s health, which can vary based on a woman’s age and background, are preventable.

Here is one condition to be aware of to maximize your health today:

Blood Poisoning

Also known as septicemia, blood poisoning is a risk to women’s health that is responsible for the deaths of 1.5 percent of all U.S. females. This life-threatening condition occurs when the blood is infected with bacteria or other toxins that commonly come from infections in the lung, urinary tract, abdomen, or pelvis. The condition can begin with spiking fevers, chills, rapid breathing, a change in mental status, and rapid heart rate, and the person often quickly becomes very ill. The symptoms of blood poisoning can swiftly progress to shock, which has a high death rate; if you or a loved one has any of the warning signs, get to a hospital immediately.