Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Genetics (characteristics inherited from mom and dad)

The risk of developing heart disease is about two times greater if a member of one’s immediate family (a blood relative) has heart disease. The risk is higher if the family member developed heart disease at an early age (before age 55 in men and before age 65 in women). As is common in many diseases, heart disease results from an interaction between genes and other factors. These factors modify the risk for developing heart disease by either increasing or decreasing it. Some of these important factors are described in this manual.

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