Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) | Causes & Risk Factors

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Learn More About Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Causes & Risk Factors

Heart Disease: Assessing Your Risk

High Homocysteine Level: How It Affects Your Blood Vessels

What causes CAD?

Both men and women can get CAD. It can be hereditary (run in your family). It might also develop as you get older and plaque builds up in your arteries over the years.

Know your risk factors

In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women and men. Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Inactivity (sedentary lifestyle)
  • Other health problems (such as diabetes)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 05/14
Created: 03/99

Learn More About Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Causes & Risk Factors

Heart Disease: Assessing Your Risk

High Homocysteine Level: How It Affects Your Blood Vessels

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