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As I get older, will the risk for heart disease or heart attack increase?

Typically, as you get older, diseases of the blood vessels and heart worsen, which can lead to heart attacks. The causes of these diseases are uncontrolled blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol. By quitting smoking, eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight, you can minimize the risk of having a heart attack. However, you should see your family doctor regularly to ensure that your risk factors are controlled.

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