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A person's risk for heart disease refers to the likelihood of developing angina pectoris, having a heart attack, or dying from heart disease. Risk factors are things that increase a person's chances of developing a disease or health condition. Controllable heart disease risk factors include having high cholesterol, smoking, having high blood pressure, and being overweight.
- High cholesterol levels, also known as hypercholesterolemia (see Cholesterol and Heart Disease)
- High blood pressure, also known as hypertension (see Effects of High Blood Pressure)
- Diabetes (see Diabetes and Heart Disease)
- Smoking (see Smoking and Heart Disease)
- Being overweight (see BMI Calculator for your ideal weight; click Obesity and Heart Disease for more information)
- Being physically inactive (see Heart Disease and Exercise).
- Family history of early heart disease.