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.
Heart Disease Risk Factors You Can Control
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
- High blood sugar (diabetes)
- 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, 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.