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will a lifestyle modification program reduce my risk of heart disease?

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 35 years experience
Cardiac risk factors: Absolutely. Improving aerobic exercise capacity with activity of 30-40 min 4-5 times per week. Quitting smoking. Weight reduction and dietary improvements will help.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can smoking cause heart disease?

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Dr. Rupen Parikh
Specializes in Cardiology
Yes: Smoking can cause or it can accelate the disease process for heart dz.
Dr. Cynthia Thaik
Cardiology 31 years experience
smoking can cause plaque instability, rupture, make platelets sticky, and cause vasoconstriction. See chapter "The Lie About Smoking" in my book, Your Vibrant Heart. Free download drcynthia.com/ead
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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can someone inherit heart disease?

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Family Medicine 10 years experience
Sometimes: Having a parent or sibling with heart disease can represent an inheritable heart disease not all family risk is the same, though. Men younger than 55 and women <65 are considered to be higher risk relatives. An 85 year old grandfather with a heart attack or a heavy smoking 63 y/o dad with a heart attack may not represent a gene to their thin, frequent jogger grandson/son.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is heart disease caused by a parasite?

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Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Less likely: Although dogs and other critters can get heart worm, people are much less likely to get parasites that can cause heart problems, at least in developed nations such as the us of a.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is inherited heart disease different from other heart disease?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
In large part, no.: There are inherited factors that will make a person at high risk for heart disease (atherosclerotic disease). These include abnormal cholesterol profile, diabetes mellitus, family history of heart disease at young age, essential hypertension. So-called environmental factors, such as smoking, obesity, chronic stress, are also important. Aging starts in your twenties. Start a healthy lifestyle today.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are common causes of heart disease?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 18 years experience
Many things: The major ones are lifestyle and genetics. Eating a diet loaded with saturated fats (i.E animal products), sedentary lifestyle, and genetic predisposition is the recipe for heart disease.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
In addition to smoking anything.
Mar 8, 2012

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