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Health Tip: Factors That Increase Your Risk of Atherosclerosis

Health Tip: Factors That Increase Your Risk of Atherosclerosis

03/01/11

(HealthDay News) -- Atherosclerosis, frequently dubbed "hardening of the arteries," is the number one cause of death in the United States, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says.

The agency adds these factors can increase your risk of developing atherosclerosis:

  • High blood levels of "bad" cholesterol and low levels of "good" cholesterol.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Smoking.
  • Having diabetes.
  • Being overweight.
  • Not getting enough exercise.
  • Eating an unhealthy diet full of fat, cholesterol, sugar or salt.
  • Getting older.
  • Having a family history of heart disease, especially at an early age.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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