Top 10 Risk Factors of Heart Disease

Some risk factors for heart disease can be controlled, and some can’t. According to the American Heart Association, these are the leading factors that put you at risk for coronary artery disease or a heart attack.

Age and Gender
Males over the age of 40 and females over the age of 50 are at an increased risk of getting cardiovascular disease.

Family History
If someone in your family, for example your father, had a heart attack at an early age you are at a greater risk.

Smoking
Smokers have a higher risk of getting cardiovascular disease as compared to non-smokers. It is recommended that you stop smoking. There are many ways in which you could do this including counseling and participating in “Stop Smoking” programs.

High Cholesterol
This is a very common risk factor associated with heart disease. In order to reduce your cholesterol, eat foods low in saturated and trans fat. You should also exercise daily.

High Blood Pressure
Blood Pressure less than 140/90 is recommended. You may need to take medicine to control blood pressure or if possible do this via your diet and exercise regime.

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