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Heart & Vascular Institute

Risk Factors

Anyone can get heart disease or vascular disease. But many people have no early symptoms of disease. That's why you should know the "risk factors"—the conditions or lifestyle choices that increase your chances of having heart and vascular disease. Some risk factors 

Condition-Specific Risk Factors

For Example:

Take Control of Some Risk Factors

For Example:

  • You can exercise more and eat better
  • You can quit smoking
  • You can take medications to control diabetes or lower cholesterol

You can't control all risk factors like age or family history. Your doctor will check your risk factors along with your symptoms and test results as part of your examination. Your doctor can also help you control your risk factors.