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Coronary Artery Disease - What Increases Your Risk

Things that can increase your risk for coronary artery disease are called risk factors. Some risk factors, such as your gender, your age, and your family history, can't be changed. Other risk factors for heart disease are tied to your lifestyle and habits. These are often things you can change, like quitting smoking, eating heart-healthy foods, and getting more exercise.

Women have unique risk factors for heart disease. These include using birth control pills, using hormone therapy, and having pregnancy-related problems.

Your chance of getting coronary artery disease rises with the number of risk factors you have.

To learn how to lower your risk, see Prevention.

What's your risk?

Your doctor can help you find out your risk of getting coronary artery disease. And you can use the Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack? calculator.gif if you know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.

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Last Updated: May 08, 2013
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