Cardiovascular Continuum Chapter 6

Risk Factors and Cardiovascular Disease

Risk factors increase the likelihood that you'll develop cardiovascular disease, and the more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of developing it. Fortunately, most of these risk factors are within your control, like high cholesterol and high blood pressure levels, being overweight, smoking, lack of exercise, overconsumption of alcohol, unmanaged diabetes, and stress. Factors you can't control include genetics and aging.

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