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Health Tip: Understand Your Risk of Heart Disease

Health Tip: Understand Your Risk of Heart Disease

02/06/14

(HealthDay News) -- Coronary artery disease occurs when plaque builds up in the vessels and restricts blood flow to the heart.

The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says common risk factors for CAD include:

  • Having high blood pressure, high LDL, or "bad," cholesterol or low HDL or "good," cholesterol.
  • Being a smoker, overweight or obese.
  • Having insulin resistance or being diabetic.
  • Having metabolic syndrome.
  • Getting insufficient exercise.
  • Eating an unhealthy diet that's high in saturated fat, sodium or sugar.
  • Being older.
  • Having a family history of heart disease.
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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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