Heart disease can happen at any age

Tips for reducing your risk of developing heart disease

February 1, 2020 — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. With growing rates of obesity and high blood pressure, younger people are now at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Knowing the risk factors, and learning how to take care of your heart health, can help you prevent heart disease at any age.

Know the risk factors

Half of Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors of heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. Aside from these major risk factors, other medical conditions and lifestyle choices — such as obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating habits — can put people at an even higher risk for heart disease.

If you know that heart conditions run in your family, it’s important to talk to your primary care physician about your heart health. The risk for heart disease can increase even more when heredity factors combine with unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking cigarettes and eating an unhealthy diet.

Tips for reducing your risk

To help lower your chances of getting heart disease, it’s important to do the following:

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