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What are the risk factors of coronary artery disease (CAD)?

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Coronary artery disease (CAD) becomes more likely as you get older or if it runs in your family. But you can manage many other risk factors, including:

  • High cholesterol and triglycerides
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity and overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stress, depression, and anger
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Too much alcohol
  • Sleep apnea

From: What Is Coronary Artery Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Cassar, D. , December 2009. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

American Heart Association.

Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

CDC.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 11, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Cassar, D. , December 2009. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

American Heart Association.

Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

CDC.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 11, 2018

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