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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.


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