Risk Factors for Congestive Heart Failure


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About risk factors: Risk factors for Congestive Heart Failure 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 Congestive Heart Failure makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Congestive Heart Failure. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Congestive Heart Failure. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Congestive Heart Failure in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: The two major preventable conditions that increase a person's risk of heart failure are high blood pressure and heart attacks. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can weaken the heart, and heart attacks damage or destroy heart muscle.1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Facts About Heart Failure in Older Adults: CDC-OC

Last revision: October 23, 2003

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