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9 Factors that Increase Your Risk of A Heart Attack


It’s true that there are certain risk factors for heart disease that can’t be controlled—for instance, your age, a family history of heart disease, or being male vs. female. However, many of the following factors that increase your risk of suffering a heart attack or developing coronary artery disease can be controlled if you’re willing to make a few simple lifestyle changes.

Take the following nine risk factors, from the American Heart Association, to heart…

 

1. Family History of Heart Disease

Did your dad have a heart attack? Does your dad suffer from heart disease? According to the American Heart Association, these family ties are vital when it comes down to establishing your risk of heart disease and heart related issues—like heart attack and stroke.

A family history of heart disease or stroke not only heightens your personal risk—but also plays into prevention. If you have a history of heart disease in your family (i.e., parents, grandparents) make sure to tell your healthcare provider.

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