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What Increases Your Risk?

Anyone with risk factors for heart disease can develop coronary artery disease. But it's more likely as you get older and if you:

  • Have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes
  • Smoke
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Don't lead a very active lifestyle
  • Eat a high-fat, poor diet
  • Have a family history of early (premature) heart disease (meaning any first-degree female relative who has heart disease before the age of 65 or any first-degree male relative with heart disease before the age of 55)
"Although you can't pick your parents to change your genetic risk for heart disease—and your age is what it is—there are many risk factors for heart disease that you can change to help protect yourself. Talk with your health care team about what's right for you."— Dr. Martha Gulati, CardioSmart.org editor in chief
  • Last Edited 06/30/2016