Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease
Some risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD), such as your gender, age, and family history, cannot be changed. Other risk factors for CAD are related to lifestyle and often can be changed. Your chance of developing coronary artery disease increases with the number of risk factors you have.
Risk factors you can control
Smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity are all risk factors for coronary artery disease that can be modified and in some cases eliminated with lifestyle changes and medicines. Diabetes and obesity can sometimes be prevented when lifestyle changes are made early.
Risk factors you cannot control
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