Heart risk factors are conditions or behaviors that increase your chance of developing coronary atherosclerosis. They’re also factors that can make your existing heart disease worse. An important goal of your treatment is to reduce or eliminate these risk factors wherever possible.
- Heart Risk Factors You Can't Change
Some risk factors cannot be changed. However, it’s still important to be aware of them. Awareness gives you an opportunity to educate yourself and take measures to safeguard your health as much as possible.
- Heart Risk Factors You Can Change
Other risk factors are within your control. By making positive lifestyle changes and/or taking medications, you can reduce or eliminate the risk to your heart.
- Other Heart Risk Factors
Researchers continually discover other factors - and groups of factors - that seem to relate to heart disease.