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Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

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Look at the list of risk factors below.

Check all the risk factors you have. If you are not sure, ask your doctor.

Risk factors that you can do something about:

_____ Being Overweight _____ Not Sure
_____ Lack of physical activity  
_____ High blood cholesterol _____ Not Sure
_____ High blood pressure _____ Not Sure
_____ Diabetes _____ Not Sure
_____ Cigarette smoking  

Risk factors that you cannot change:

Age

  • 45 years or older for men
  • 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, the greater your chances of developing heart disease.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIH Publication No. 08-6351
June 2008

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