You May Have These Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease and Not Know It

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By Hot Health August 18, 2016 20:51
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You May Have These Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease and Not Know It

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You May Have These Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease and Not Know It

What are the risk factors for coronary heart disease? Risk factors are conditions or habits that make it more likely that you are going to develop heart disease. The presence of them indicate that an existing heart disease can get worse.

 

Here are the important risk factors for coronary heart disease…

 

Age

heart disease and age

The older you are, more you are at risk of developing heart disease. Age increases the risk of damage to the arteries and to the heart muscles. The arteries get narrower as one gets older and the heart muscles become thicker and weaker.

Sex 

men and coronary heart disease

 

Men are at a higher risk of heart disease. Women are at risk of heart disease as well, but they tend to develop it after menopause, as their body’s production of estrogen goes down considerably. Women, who have had a hysterectomy and have gone through an early menopause, are at a higher risk of heart disease than women of the same age who are yet to go through menopause.

 

Family History

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If you have a family history of coronary heart disease, you are at risk as well. That’s why those with a family history of heart disease should take special precautions against it.

 

Smoking

smoking and coronary heart disease

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Smoking is one of the biggest causes of heart disease. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels and damages their inner lining and causes atherosclerosis. Smokers are at a higher risk of heart disease than non-smokers.

 

Poor Eating Habits

fast food and coronary heart disease

If you follow unhealthy eating habits and have a diet that is high in unhealthy fat, sugar and salt, you are at risk of high cholesterol, which increases the chance that you may develop heart disease as well.

 

High Blood Pressure

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pixabay/stevepb

High blood pressure can cause the hardening and thickening of the arteries. It damages the blood vessels and affects the blood circulation. This can lead to heart disease later.

 

High Cholesterol

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Pixabay/DarkoStojanovic

High levels of cholesterol in the blood increases your chance of developing heart disease as it leads to the formation of plaques and atherosclerosis.

 

Diabetes

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pixabay/TesaPhotography

Diabetes is a serious condition which puts you at risk of heart disease and makes the other factors listed here worse.

 

Obesity

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Pixabay/mojzagrebinfo

Obesity can make the other risk factors for heart disease worse. It is one of the most common causes of heart disease.

 

Lack of Exercise

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Pixabay/skeeze

Physical inactivity or lack of exercise is a major cause of heart disease. It the heart beats are to occur at a regular rate, the body has to be put through at least some physical activity. Lack of exercise can hence be dangerous for the heart.

 

Stress

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Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures

Stress is a modern day epidemic and it is one of the biggest causes of heart disease. Stress damages the arteries and makes the other risk factors associated with heart disease worse.

 

Poor Hygiene

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Pixabay/Pezibear

Not many people know that poor hygiene, such as not washing hands regularly, not bathing or wearing clean clothes is a risk factor for heart disease. This is so because poor hygiene can result in viral and bacterial infection that can cause an infection in the heart, especially if you already have an existing heart condition. Poor oral hygiene or poor dental health can cause heart disease as well.

 

Final Thoughts

You cannot do much about some of the risk factors listed here such as age and a family history of heart disease. Women tend to develop heart disease after the age of 55, or at an average of 10 years after most men. However, you can take preventive measures and make sure that you don’t get heart disease because any of the other factors listed here; which are very much avoidable, as long as you follow healthy living habits.

 

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By Hot Health August 18, 2016 20:51
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