Preventing Cardiovascular Disease
Preventing cardiovascular disease begins with knowing which risk factors you have and then taking action to reduce your risk. Remember, your chances of developing the condition increases with the number of risk factors you have.
- Family history of cardiovascular disease
- High cholesterol levels, also known as hypercholesterolemia (see Effects of High Cholesterol)
- High blood pressure, also known as hypertension (see Effects of High Blood Pressure)
- Diabetes (see Diabetes Complications)
- Atrial fibrillation
- Being overweight or obese (see BMI Calculator to find your ideal weight)
- Not exercising
- Cigarette smoking (see Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease).