Coronary Artery Disease (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Things that can increase your risk for coronary artery disease are called risk factors. Some risk factors, such as your gender, your age, and your family history, can't be changed. Other risk factors for heart disease are tied to your lifestyle and habits. These often are things you can change. Your chance of getting coronary artery disease rises with the number of risk factors you have.
Risk factors you may be able to change include:
Smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and lack of exercise are risk factors you can reduce with lifestyle changes and medicine. Diabetes and obesity can sometimes be prevented when lifestyle changes are made early in life. To learn more, see the Prevention section of this topic.
Risk factors that you can't change include:
What's your risk?
Your doctor can help you find out your risk of getting coronary artery disease. If you know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, see the Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack? to calculate your risk of having a heart attack in the next 10 years.
Metabolic syndrome can also increase your risk for heart disease. People with metabolic syndrome have a group of health problems related to their metabolism, including too much fat around the waist, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, high fasting blood sugar, and low HDL cholesterol.
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