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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
  • Smoking

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.

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