You Can Control 7 of 10 Heart Disease Risks
You’ve probably heard that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S. Knowing if you’re at risk is a first step. Next, do what you can to reduce or eliminate the risks you can control. And, see a doctor so that you have a medical professional to also keep watch for symptoms and help with medications, if needed.
Risk factors you can’t control
- Increasing age
- Family history of early heart disease
- History of preeclampsia during pregnancy
Conditions or choices you may be able to control
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Diabetes and prediabetes
- Being overweight or obese
- Being physically inactive
- Unhealthy diet
Women’s risk for heart disease increases after menopause. And for both men and women, the more risk factors you have, the greater risk of heart disease.