Risk Factors for Heart attack


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

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

Risk factor statistics for Heart attack: The following are statistics from various sources about the risk factors for Heart attack:

  • MI risk 1-7 times higher in moderate nicotine users (World Heart Federation Fact-Sheet, 2002)
  • MI risk 4 times higher in heavy smokers (World Heart Federation Fact-Sheet, 2002)

Risk factors discussion: People who have had one heart attack are at much higher risk for a second attack. Reducing blood cholesterol levels can greatly slow down (and, in some people, even reverse) the buildup of cholesterol and fat in the wall of the coronary arteries and significantly reduce the chances of a second heart attack. If you have had a heart attack or have coronary disease, your LDL level should be around 100 mg/dL which is even lower than the recommended level of less than 130 mg/dL for the general population.1

Many people who have had a heart attack are afraid that having sex will cause another attack. The risk of this is very low. Follow your doctor’s advice. Most people can start having sex again 12 to 16 weeks after an attack. 2

Risks factors for Heart attack: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Heart attack:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from CHECK YOUR CHOLESTEROL AND HEART DISEASE I.Q: NHLBI
2. excerpt from Sexuality Later in Life - Age Page - Health Information: NIA

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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