Some risk factors—things that increase your risk—for
coronary artery disease (CAD), such as your gender, age,
and family history, cannot be changed. Other risk factors for CAD are related
to lifestyle and often can be changed. Your chance of developing coronary
artery disease increases with the number of risk factors you have.
You can help lower your risk of CAD with heart-healthy lifestyle changes such as eating healthy foods, being active, and not smoking.
Risk factors you can control
Risk factors you cannot control
Other Works Consulted
Greenland P, et al. (2010). 2010 ACCF/AHA guideline for assessment of cardiovascular risk in asymptomatic adults: A report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 56(25): e50–e103.
April 6, 2012
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
& Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
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