Eric Yang, MDCardiology
Ildiko Agoston, MDCardiology Nuclear Cardiology
Mahi Ashwath, MDCardiology
Some risk factors contribute to your chance of heart disease. While some of these cannot be prevented, such as aging and family history, some are manageable.
Risk Factors for Heart Disease
- Being a man or a postmenopausal woman
- Complications during pregnancy like high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia or eclampsia
- Family history of heart disease
- High alcohol intake
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Lack of exercise
- Older age
- Poor oral health
- Sleep apnea
- Unhealthy diet high in salt and saturated fat
- Unmanaged stress
Here you will find heart doctors who work together to treat conditions that lead to heart problems. You won’t have to travel to find the specialized care you need — we’re all in one place.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
Our free online risk assessment only takes a few minutes. It will help you better understand your risk of developing heart disease and how you may be able to lower it.
People who smoke are 2-4 times more likely to develop heart disease than non-smokers. Smoking cigarettes:
- Lowers “good” cholesterol
- Increases plaque buildup in blood vessels
- May block blood flow to the heart
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Regular exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight and keeps your heart muscle strong. Most adults need about 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate physical activity each week. Ask your primary care provider before starting a new exercise routine.
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