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Assessing Your Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number-one cause of death in the US. Among the common risk factors include age, family history, poor health, sedentary lifestyle and excess weight. Men aged 45 and above as well as women over age 55 are more vulnerable to heart disease. In addition, recent findings revealed that the rate of heart attack in women aged 35 to 54 has increased.

Family history plays a vital role as a common risk factor for heart disease. One may be genetically predisposed to having heart disease if this condition runs in the family. Ask if any of your parents, grandparents or siblings has experienced a heart attack or any similar condition.

Keeping your cholesterol levels in check might help reduce the risk of heart disease. Accordingly, you should engage in regular physical activity as well as limit the consumption of fatty foods since fat can clog the arteries. Also, try to include foods rich in fiber in your diet.

Having high blood pressure can be dangerous to your health since it poses a high risk for heart disease. In addition to exercise and proper diet, cutting down on cigarettes and alcohol can help control the blood pressure as well as lower the risk for heart disease.

Giving up cigarettes can be one of the best moves you'll make to improve your health. Not only will it reduce the risk of heart disease, it also lowers the risk of lung cancer and other vascular-related diseases.

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