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You can lower your risk of heart disease by understanding its risk factors and using that information to improve your health. Some of the risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking, being overweight, and not being physically active, are within your control. Others, such as age and family history, are not. Having your blood pressure and cholesterol levels tested regularly is another important step you can take.
In some cases, medications may be needed in addition to making lifestyle changes. Depending on the product being used, medication can:
- Decrease the workload on your heart
- Relieve symptoms
- Decrease your chance of having a heart attack or sudden death
- Prevent or delay the need for a special procedure (such as angioplasty or bypass surgery).
(To read the full eMedTV article on how to reduce your risk, click Heart Disease Prevention.)