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Doctor insights on: Primary And Secondary Risk Factors For Heart Disease

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What are risk factors for heart disease in women?

What are risk factors for heart disease in women?

Mars/Venus: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity (bmi 30+), family history of heart disease. Some things increase risk more for gals than guys: smoking, mental stress/depression, lower estrogen after menopause; metabolic syndrome (belly fat+high blood pressure+high triglycerides+high blood sugar). We can: get moving, don't smoke, eat right, watch our weight, balance work/play.

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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What are the risk factors for heart disease in women?

What are the risk factors for heart disease in women?

Same for men: The risk factors for women are the same risk factors for men. The big 5 are hypertension, elevated cholesterol, cigarettes, diabetes, and family history of coronary artery disease.

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Do you see a lot of males in 20's & 30's with heart disease? Or having a lot of heart attacks? Also if you do, do they present many risk factors?

Do you see a lot of males in 20's & 30's with heart disease? Or having a lot of heart attacks? Also if you do, do they present many risk factors?

Uncommon: It's very unusual for anyone in their 20's or 30's to have heart attacks. As we get older, the risk increases. Risk factors may be present, but other rare conditions may be present making the typical risk factors less of a factor.

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What would you say are modifiable risk factors of heart disease?

What would you say are modifiable risk factors of heart disease?

Several: The most important is smoking. If you smoke - quit. If you don't - then don't start. Diet and exercise are also important. More for some people than others. The classic is a low fat diet, but recent studies point to a mediterranean diet which is not technically low fat but uses nuts and olive oil. Exercise should be balanced between aerobic (cardio) and strength training.

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What are the risk factors for lung and coronary heart disease?

What are the risk factors for lung and coronary heart disease?

Smoking is #1: Also obesity, sedentary lifestyle, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, diabetes, obesity, male gender, age, and family history. You can change all but the last three, so do it! quit smoking and get off your butt! Treat the diseases and take time of/meditate/do yoga. This is hugely important, heart disease is the world's #1 killer.

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What risk factors are there for heart disease chd?

What risk factors are there for heart disease chd?

Multiple: High blood pressure, high lipids (cholesterol/triglycerides), genetics, sedentary lifestyle

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What's the primary chemical in cigarettes that causes heart disease?

What's the primary chemical in cigarettes that causes heart disease?

Cigarettes: There are a myriad of toxic chemical compounds in cigarette smoke, nicotine is the best known but it isn't the only one.

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Describe risk factors of coronary heart disease?

Describe risk factors of coronary heart disease?

See below: The most common riak factors are : family history. Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking., age>45 in men, >55 in women.

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What are risk factors for coronary heart disease?

What are risk factors for coronary heart disease?

See below: The most common riak factors are : family history. Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking., age>45 in men, >55 in women.

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What are common factors that cause coronary heart disease?

What are common factors that cause coronary heart disease?

Several: Besides inheriting bad genes, the following 'self inflicted' factors can lead to coronary heart disease: obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol.

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What risk factors are associated with coronary heart disease?

What risk factors are associated with coronary heart disease?

Atherosclerosis: Depends on one's personal risks smoking, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipemia, diabetes, family history. Simply, one blocks the feeding artery to part of the heart muscle and low flow, or no flow causes ischemia which cause death of the heart cells, which is a heart attack! myocardial infarction is the medical term. Ekg and lab tests show the damage.

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What is the primary prevention of coronary heart disease?

What is the primary prevention of coronary heart disease?

Lifestyle: There are risk factors you can't control, like family history and diseases you've had that put you at risk. Most of the risk factors are within your control, such as diet and exercise to keep you LDL low and your HDL high. Discuss preventive measures with your doctor as everyone can benefit from this, get regular checkups and blood tests to help plan prevention. Do not smoke or take drugs.

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