Heart of the Matter: Heart Disease Risk Factors
As we talk about risk factors they’re preventable or modifiable risk factors and non-modifiable risk factors. So you can’t do anything about your genetics. So if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease that would mean a first degree male relative under the age of 55, or a first degree female relative under the age of 65. So we all can get some degree of cardiovascular disease when we are in our 70s or 80s but when you say true family history, those are the parameters, really. Some of the modifiable risk factors: Sedentary lifestyle, if you are inactive. Diabetes is a major contributer to cardiovascular disease. Hypertension. And obesity. You can include smoking as a huge factor as well.