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Five Major Risk Factors For Heart Disease

We've listed below five major factors that correlate to disease of the coronary arteries (the most common type of heart disease), which is caused by plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. If you have concerns about your risk factors for developing heart disease be sure to reach out to your health care provider.


While you can't do anything about the genetics you are born into, you can be proactive in alerting your physician as to which relatives have had coronary concerns in their past. This will help both of you be more aware of steps you can take to be more heart healthy in your life.

Tobacco Use

No matter if you have genetic factors present or not, avoiding tobacco use: Cigarettes, Pipes, Cigars, Chewing Tobacco, and Vapors is of course a step you can take to lessen your overall risk of developing heart disease.


Keeping active, watching your overall BMI and developing good nutrition habits as well can help lessen your risk overall. While Type 2 Diabetes itself does not lead exclusively to heart disease, the obesity many Americans face in tandem with the diagnosis can increase those risks.


90% of getting fit happens in the kitchen. Pay attention to your trans fats, cholesterol intake (not those good LDLs, we're talking the bad HDLs) Eat food that has good fats, vitamins and minerals and good protein to help you stay fuller longer.

Blood Pressure

Monitoring your blood pressure at home and by scheduling routine visits to your healthcare provider helps you understand and implement changes as necessary. Be educated about your heart and include your physician so you both can track progress and if necessary prescribe lifestyle changes or medications.

In conclusion one of the best partners in your overall cardiovascular health is your health care provider. They can provide advice, address concerns and help you make the best decisions for your heart and overall health!