Things that can increase
your risk for
coronary artery disease are called risk factors. Some
risk factors, such as your gender, your age, and your
family history, can't be changed. Other risk factors
for heart disease are tied to your lifestyle and habits. These are often things you can change, like quitting smoking, eating heart-healthy foods, and getting more exercise.
Women have unique risk factors for heart disease. These include using birth control pills, using hormone therapy, and having pregnancy-related problems.
Your chance of getting coronary artery disease rises with the
number of risk factors you have.
To learn how to lower your risk, see Prevention.
What's your risk?
Your doctor can help you find out your risk of getting coronary artery disease. And you can use the
Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack? if you know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.