- Q How does age affect heart disease risk?
Dr. Anthony Komaroff, Internal MedicineHeart disease becomes more common with age in both men and women. More than four in five people who die from heart attacks are over age 65. In men, risk begins to mount beyond age 45, whereas women's risk rises after age 55. By middle age, almost... Full Answer
- Q Why does high blood pressure increase my risk for coronary heart disease?
Coronary heart disease is caused by the hardening of arteries due to the build-up of plaque over time. High blood pressure is considered one of the primary risk factors for coronary heart disease. Blood pressure is the force your blood makes against the... Full Answer