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Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

Your Choice for Change - Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians

Section One - Knowledge Is Power: Know Your Risk for Heart Disease

Look at the list of risk factors below. Check all the risk factors you have.

Risk factors you can do something about:

_____ Overweight

_____ Not Sure

_____ High blood cholesterol

_____ Not Sure

_____ High blood pressure

_____ Not Sure

_____ Diabetes

_____ Not Sure

_____ Lack of physical activity


_____ Cigarette smoking


Risk factors you cannot change:

_____ Family history

  • Father or brother with heart disease before age 55
  • Mother or sister with heart disease before age 65

_____ Age (45 years or older for men, 55 years or older for women)

The more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of developing heart disease.

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Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIH Publication No. 08-6340
June 2008

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