What are the risk factors for heart disease?
Medical research has shown extensive information on the major risk factors which
contribute to heart disease. Of major importance are certain aspects of lifestyle, such as
a routine diet which is high in fat, cigarette smoking, sedentary or inactive lifestyle,
and associated medical problems which include high blood pressure, elevated blood
cholesterol levels, and diabetes mellitus. Other factors which may play a role in the
development of heart disease include excessive use of alcohol, salt and caffeine. There
are risk factors which cannot be changed or altered. These include a family history of
heart disease and male gender. Men, on an average, develop heart disease sooner in life
than women. Obesity, however, is a risk factor which is certainly alterable.