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Risk Factors for Heart Disease

You are more likely to develop heart disease if someone in your family has had it -- especially if they had it before age 50. Your risk for heart disease goes up the older you get.

The following factors also increase your risk of heart disease:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL "bad" cholesterol
  • Low HDL "good" cholesterol
  • Menopause
  • Not getting enough physical activity or exercise
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

If you suspect you are at risk, consider taking HeartAware, an online risk screennig.