Health Tip: Understand Your Risk of Heart Disease02/06/14
(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
- Being older.
- Having a family history of heart disease.
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