Risk Factors for Cardiovascular diseases


About risk factors: Risk factors for Cardiovascular diseases are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Cardiovascular diseases makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Cardiovascular diseases. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Cardiovascular diseases. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Cardiovascular diseases in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: The major risk factors for cardiovascular disease that you can do something about are cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, overweight, and physical inactivity. Other risk factors, such as diabetes, also are conditions you have some control over. Even just one risk factor will raise your chances of having heart-related problems. But the more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop cardiovascular diseases--and the more concerned you should be about protecting your heart health. 1

Many factors put a woman at risk for cardiovascular disease. The more risk factors a woman has, the greater the chance that she will have a heart attack or stroke. There are some factors that you canít control such as getting older, family health history, and race. But you can do something about the three biggest risk factors for cardiovascular disease - cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol. Stopping smoking will reduce your risk and you can get help, through support groups, special behavior change programs, and medication, to quit. High blood pressure and high blood cholesterol can be controlled through diet, exercise, and medication. Talk with your health care provider about developing a plan for cardiovascular health.2

Risks factors for Cardiovascular diseases: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Cardiovascular diseases:

1. excerpt from NHLBI Heart Disease & Women Are You At Risk: NHLBI

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