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Check Your Risk for Heart Disease

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Check Your Risk for Heart Disease
Which risk factors for heart disease and heart attack apply to you?

The good news: You can modify, treat or control the following risk factors by changing your lifestyle or taking medicine.
•    Tobacco smoke. Smokers’ risk of developing coronary heart disease is two to four times that of nonsmokers. Exposure to other people’s smoke increases nonsmokers’ risk of heart disease.
•    High blood cholesterol.
•    High blood pressure.
•    Physical inactivity. (Be aware, too, of the flip side: Regular, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity helps prevent heart and blood vessel disease.)
•    Overweight and obesity. By losing as few as 10 pounds, you can lower your heart disease risk.
•    Diabetes. About three-quarters of people with diabetes die of some form of heart or blood vessel disease.
The following risk factors can’t be changed.
•    Increasing age. More than 83 percent of people who die of coronary heart disease are 65 or older.
•    Male sex (gender). Men have a greater risk of heart attack than women do, and they have attacks at a younger age. (After menopause, women’s death rate from heart disease increases.)
•    Heredity (including race). Among those at higher risk: children of parents with heart disease, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, American Indians, native Hawaiians and some Asian-Americans.

Source: American Heart Association

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