Risk factors for heart disease
Heart disease isn’t just a random condition. There are a number of factors that can make you more likely to acquire this number one killer. Some are controllable, and some are not — but either way, you can take steps to increase your odds against getting heart disease.
You’re more likely to have heart disease in your lifetime if you:
- Have high blood pressure
- Have high cholesterol
- Have diabetes or pre-diabetes
- Are a smoker
- Are overweight or obese
- Are physically inactive
- Have a family history of early heart disease
- Have a history of preeclampsia during pregnancy
- Have an unhealthy diet
- Are over 55
Remember, many of these factors are under your control. So take steps now to lower your risk — and live a healthier, happier life.
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