High Cholesterol | Causes & Risk Factors

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Risk factors for heart disease

  • Already had a heart attack
  • A man, 45 years of age or older
  • A woman, 55 years of age or older
  • A woman who is going through menopause or has completed menopause
  • Have an immediate family member (parent or sibling) who has had heart disease
  • Cigarette smoking
  • High blood pressure or diabetes
  • Overweight or obese
  • Inactive

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 11/10
Created: 01/96

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