A risk factor is anything that increases a person’s change of getting heart disease, stroke or another disease.
Finding heart disease and stroke risk factors early is very important. Heart disease and stroke risk factors include:
- Alcohol use
- Family history
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Overweight or obesity
- Physical Inactivity
- Poor Diet
As women we cannot control age, race or family history, but we can change our nutrition intake, physical activity, tobacco habits, and weight control as needed.
Early detection could save your life!
Not all heart attacks and strokes can be prevented, but finding risk factors early means earlier treatment. Earlier treatment can mean a better outcome.