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Do You Know Your Risk for Heart Disease?

When you understand the underlying conditions that put you at risk for heart disease, you have the power to lead a heart-healthy life. 

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Learn About Heart Disease Risk Factors & Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about half of all Americans (47%) have at least 1 of 3 key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.

There are some risk factors for heart disease that you cannot control, like age or family history. But you can lower your risk by changing the factors you can control.

How to Prevent Heart Disease

Focus on heart disease risk factors you can control:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • High blood sugar (diabetes)
  • Stress
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Unhealthy diet

What is Heart Disease?

The term "heart disease" describes a range of conditions (like coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems, heart attacks, and more) that affect the health of your heart. Certain health conditions, along with your lifestyle, age, and family history, can increase your risk for heart disease. These conditions are called risk factors. To prevent heart disease, doctors recommend focusing on preventable risks early in life.

Lowering Your Blood Pressure

Basics plus 5 essential tips.

Blood Pressure 101
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Making a Prevention Plan

Talk with your doctor about your risks, and make a plan for wellness.

Learn about risk factors
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Controlling What You Can

Commit to a healthy lifestyle with nutrition and exercise.

See tips for getting started

Coping with Stress

Stress is high, and it’s affecting our health. 

See Tips for Coping

How Much Do You Know About Heart Disease?

Test your heart disease knowledge.

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