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A 18-year-old female asked:

Is the heart disease (cad) risk for a 20 y/o significantly increased by lack of exercise and unhealthy diet when there are no other risk factors?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 32 years experience
Yes & no: At 20yo, overall risk for atherosclerotic heart disease is slim to none in most individuals, even those w/family history of early heart attack. Therefore, while bad lifestyle increases risk, it's not a tremendous increase in absolute risk. However, heart disease from cholesterol is different from heart disease & sudden death due to abnormal rhythm. That's why family docs ask about ur family histor.
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