They say “knowledge is power”, and when it comes to heart disease, knowing your risk factors can save your life. The American Heart Association recommends beginning heart disease prevention early on in life, by assessing your personal risk factors and working to lower them. Prevention and early detection are essential to a heart-disease-free life.
Below are common risk factors for cardiac issues, broken out in modifiable risk factors and non-modifiable risk factors. Modifiable refers to risk factors that can be changed vs non-modifiable, which covers any risk factors for heart attack you cannot change, such as age or heredity.