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What puts you at a higher risk of heart disease?

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The more of these risk factors you have, the higher your risk of heart disease:

  • A previous heart attack or stroke
  • A family history of heart disease
  • High total cholesterol
  • Low HDL cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Being male or a post-menopausal woman
  • You smoke cigarettes
  • Uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure
  • You don’t exercise
  • You’re obese or overweight

SOURCE:

The American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 05, 2018

SOURCE:

The American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 05, 2018

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