Risk Factors for Congestive Heart Failure


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

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

Last revision: October 23, 2003

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