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Risk Factors


Age: As you get older, your risk of heart disease increases.


Family history: If someone in your family has any form of heart disease, it is important to speak to your doctor or health practitioner about what this means for you.


Smoking: Being smoke free is one of the best ways to protect your heart.


High cholesterol: Raised cholesterol and/or an imbalance of good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood can lead to a heart attack or stroke.


High blood pressure: Blood pressure isn’t usually something you can feel. If it’s too high, it needs to be treated.


Diabetes: Diabetes can increase your risk of developing heart disease. It’s important to manage your diabetes or raised blood sugar levels to help prevent this from occurring.


Being inactive: Not getting enough physical activity and sitting too much isn’t good for your heart health.


Being overweight: Being overweight or obese increases your risk of heart disease and other health problems.


Unhealthy diet: Eating a varied diet of healthy foods can help with managing your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol.


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