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Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease are known as a risk factor. These can also increase the chances that an existing disease will get worse. Some risk factors for heart disease you can control and others you cannot.

Factors that can't be controlled are

  • Older age
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Post-menopausal
  • Race

Heart disease risk-factor that you can do something about are

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Being physically inactive
  • Uncontrolled stress and anger

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