Understand the Risks of Heart Disease You Can't Control

There are several risk factors associated with heart disease. Some can be controlled, but you may be born with certain risk factors that cannot be changed. These include:


Since you can’t control these risk factors, it’s even more important that you manage your risk factors that can be changed. The American Heart Association recommends focusing on heart disease prevention early in life. Begin by assessing your risk factors and working to keep them low. Take steps to lower your risk by changing factors you can control.

American Heart Association

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