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What You Need To Know About 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
What Is Heart Disease?
Heart disease develops over many years. It happens when the blood vessels going to the heart become narrow and clogged. Clogged arteries increase the risk of developing heart disease.
What Are Risk Factors?
Risk factors are traits and habits that make you more likely to develop heart disease. There are some risk factors that you can do something about and others you cannot change. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing heart disease.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES