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Should I be concerned about cardiovascular disease if I am under 50?

Some people under age 50 do need to be concerned about cardiovascular disease. For example, you may be at risk for the problem if you have:

  • a family history of early heart disease (under age 50 in men or under 60 in women)
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • a history of smoking or tobacco use

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