Top 10 Risk Factors of Heart Disease

April 19, 2010 | by DoctorSolve

Age and Gender
Males over the age of 40 and females over the age of 50 are at an increased risk of getting cardiovascular disease.
Family History
If someone in your family, for example your father, had a heart attack at an early age you are at a greater risk.
Smokers have a higher risk of getting cardiovascular disease as compared to non-smokers. It is recommended that you stop smoking. There are many ways in which you could do this including counseling and participating in “Stop Smoking” programs.
High Cholesterol
This is a very common risk factor associated with heart disease. In order to reduce your cholesterol, eat foods low in saturated and trans fat. You should also exercise daily.
High Blood Pressure
Blood Pressure less than 140/90 is recommended. You may need to take medicine to control blood pressure or if possible do this via your diet and exercise regime.
Having diabetes puts you at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease than someone without diabetes. It is important to control blood sugar levels. This can be done by a proper diet, exercise regime, and medication.
Body Mass Index (BMI) measures total body fat based on height and weight. A normal BMI is that between 19 and 25. If BMI is greater than 27 you are at risk. It is recommended that you lose weight if your BMI is such.
Stress is something that people face every day, it’s realistically just a part of our every day lives. It is however important to learn how to deal with it. There are numerous ways in which this can be done which include: exercise, no procrastination, and a good night’s sleep.
Alcohol Intake
Alcoholic beverages should be limited to 2 drinks for men, and 1 for women per day.
As you may have noticed exercise is an underlying factor mentioned in almost all the risk factors. It is very important to create an exercise regime that can be accomplished every day. The less active you are the higher chance of heart disease.
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