Heart Disease: Are You At Risk?

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This Valentine’s Day, remember that February is also Heart Month. What better time to find out more about possible risk factors for heart disease? A risk factor is something about you that increases your chance of getting a disease or having a certain health condition. Some risk factors for heart disease you cannot change, but some you can. Changing the risk factors that you have control over may help you live a longer, healthier life. Risk Factors You Cannot Change Some of your heart disease risks that you cannot change are: Your age. Risk of heart disease increases with age. Your gender. Men have a higher risk of getting heart disease than women who are still menstruating. After menopause, the risk for women gets closer to the risk for men. Your genes or race. If your parents had heart disease, you are at higher risk. African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, …

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