7 Top Risk Factors for Heart Disease

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By Hot Health August 17, 2016 16:55
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7 Top Risk Factors for Heart Disease

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7 Top Risk Factors for Heart Disease

It is a fact that heart disease is one of the most dangerous health conditions you can have, causing more fatalities than even cancer. The difference between the two is that, there is still much research to be done on cancer prevention, and there is no way to assure someone that they have no chance of getting it. However, heart disease may be prevented by making a few important health and lifestyle changes.

While it is true that hereditary factors such as a history of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in the family increase your chances of developing heart disease, this can still be prevented by following a heart healthy diet, moderate exercise, good sleeping habits and reducing stress in and out of the workplace.

Higher risk factors include stress, smoking, alcohol, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. We’ll briefly discuss each of these causes in this article.

It should be noted the causes of heart disease can be controlled and managed better over time.

It is entirely possible to prevent heart disease by creating good habits and making healthier lifestyle choices.


Causes of Heart Disease



smoking and heart disease


There has always been a strong connection between smoking and heart disease. Research shows that even breathing second hand smoke can lead to heart disease, which is why smoking is banned in public places. Cigarettes have over 50 potentially deadly cancer causing chemicals. Non-smokers who are also exposed to cigarette smoke on a daily basis have a 25% higher risk of getting heart disease than the average person. So, if you smoke, you owe it to yourself to stop. You are not just endangering yourself, but also the lives of those around you. Smoking kills, and that is a fact backed by decades of scientific research.


High Blood Pressure



It is very important to get your blood pressure monitored on a regular basis because high blood pressure is known to be one of the most common causes of heart disease. Normally, the blood pressure rises as we age, increasing the workload on the heart. The heart has to work harder to supply blood to all parts of the body; eventually this can become intolerable, leading to a heart attack.





Do you have diabetes? It’s possible you do, but may not know about it. Get yourself checked for diabetes. People who have type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of heart disease.


High Cholesterol


Do you have a problem with high cholesterol? It is very important to control your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  High cholesterol can cause the clogging of your arteries making it harder for the heart to get the blood and oxygen that it needs. The only way to lower your cholesterol levels is to exercise regularly and switch to a healthier diet. Be careful when taking medications for high cholesterol as they can have serious side effects.





One-third of the U.S. population is estimated to be obese. Obesity is a national epidemic and one of the biggest causes of heart disease. You should make a serious effort to lose weight by changing your diet, exercising at least 30 minutes a day and following good lifestyle habits.



alcohol is a risk factor for heart disease

Alcohol is known to decrease the efficiency of the heart and increase the pressure on the heart muscle. Limit the amount of alcohol you take to lower the risk of heart disease.



stress and heart disease

Stress is a modern phenomenon as the previous generations did not have to cope with the sort of stress at the workplace that most of us have to. That’s because the way we work has changed – most of us sit at a desk for 10 to 14 hours a day and this takes a toll on the body. Stress is closely linked to heart disease and stroke.


Wrap Up

We have talked about the common causes of heart disease. There is no mystery attached to heart disease – it can be prevented by following the right lifestyle habits. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Start today!



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