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Heart Disease Risk Factors

An awareness of heart disease risk factors can help reduce risks.

Heart disease risk factors include age, gender, genetics, tobacco use, high cholesterol, lack of physical activity, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Other factors that contribute to the development of heart disease include stress and alcohol use.

Heart disease risk factors
Heart disease risk factors

Heart disease risk factors and the symptoms of a heart attack increase the chances of developing one of many forms of cardiovascular disease such as: coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure, heart muscle disease, and vascular disease.

In order to reduce susceptibility to heart disease, there are lifestyle changes that can be made. Some of these risk reducing actions include quitting smoking, lowering cholesterol levels, regulating blood pressure, managing diabetes, living an active lifestyle with plenty of exercise, eating a healthy diet, reducing excess weight, and conquering stress.

The heart disease risk factors are increased for men, as they are more susceptible to high cholesterol levels and hypertension. These risks increase in middle age with the change in hormonal balances.

High stress levels are heart disease risk factors. Links have been made between heart disease risk and behavior of individuals such as increased smoking, overeating etc. Excessive alcohol intake can also lead to high blood pressure or stroke.

Heart disease risk factors often include diets that are high in fat content, which lead to the buildup of plaque in the arteries.


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