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Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

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Risk factors are traits or habits that make a person more likely to develop heart disease. Read this list of risk factors for heart disease.

Heart disease risk factors you can do something about:

Check the ones that you have

  • Being overweight
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Not being physically active
  • Cigarette smoking

Heart disease risk factors you cannot control:

  • Age (45 years or older for men and 55 years or older for women)
  • Family history
    • Father or brother with heart disease before age 55
    • Mother or sister with heart disease before age 65

The more risk factors you have checked, the greater your risk for heart disease. Talk to your doctor about your risk.

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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.

Last Updated March 2012

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