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Are you at risk for a heart attack?

Coronary heart disease is America’s No. 1 killer, according to the American Heart Association. Stroke is No. 3 and a leading cause of serious disability. That’s why it’s important to reduce your risk factors.

The American Heart Association says these factors may increase your risks: 

Your age may increase your risk if...

 
  • You are a man over 45 years old
  • You are a woman over 55 years old, or you have passed menopause or had your ovaries removed and are not taking estrogen.
Your Family History may increase your risk if...
  • Your father or brother had a heart attack before age 55 or your mother or sister had one before age 65.
  • You have a close blood relative who had a stroke.
Smoking increases your risk if ...
  • You smoke or live or work with people who smoke every day.
Physical inactivity may increase your risk if ...
  • You get less than a total of 30 minutes of physical activity on most days.
Your total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol levels may increase your risk if ...
  • Your total cholesterol level is 240 mg/dL or higher
  • Your HDL ("good") cholesterol level is less than 35 mg/dL.
Your medical history may increase your risk if ...
  • You have coronary heart disease or you've had a heart attack.
  • You've been told that you have carotid artery disease
  • You've had a stroke or TIA or you have a disease of the leg arteries.
Diabetes increases your risk if ...
  • You have diabetes or a fasting blood sugar of 126 mg/dL or higher or you need medicine to control your blood sugar
Excess body weight may increase your risk if ...
  • You are 20 pounds or more overweight for your height and build
Your blood pressure may increase your risk if ...
  • Your blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or higher, or you've been told that your blood pressure is too high.
If you have two or more of these health risks, the American Heart Association recommends that you see a healthcare provider for a complete assessment of your health risks.