Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Heart disease is a common term for plaque buildup in the coronary arteries that could lead to heart attack.
There are 6 primary risk factors for cardiovascular disease:

  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Tobacco use
  • Lack of exercise
  • High blood pressure

Living a healthy lifestyle that incorporates good nutrition, weight management, and getting plenty of physical activity can play a big role in avoiding heart disease.

Typical warning signs of a heart attack are chest discomfort, shortness of breath, palpitations, and even fatigue. If you feel any of these symptoms, sit down and rest. If the symptoms do not resolve, don’t delay — call 9-1-1.