Why is it important to identify my risk factors for heart disease early?


It is important to identify your risk factors for heart disease early so that it may be treated or improved with diet and exercise before you have a heart attack that may potentially end your life.  It is also important because if you try to eliminate your risk factors, it may save you from a lifetime of having to take mutliple medications.

Dr. Vivek Sailam, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Risk factors for heart disease include:
  • aging
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • tobacco use
  • lack of physical activity
  • family history of heart disease
Throughout adulthood, these things increase your risk for heart disease. It’s important to identify them early in life so you can make changes to reduce your chances of getting heart disease.

In young adults, however, it’s likely that heart disease is strongly linked to genetics factors, which are obviously harder to change.

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