Since having a heart attack in June 2016, and a Quadruple Bypass in November 2016, I have studied pretty persistently about the risk factors for heart disease. Of course, I want to know what areas I need to work on to minimize further heart disease so that I won’t end up on the operating table again, or worse, in the ground.
So based on my research, and my discussions with my doctors, here is a list of the risk factors for heart disease:
- Age – the older you get, the more the risk.
- Tobacco – If you smoke or chew tobacco, you are at risk!
- High Blood Pressure – Your heart has to work hard if your blood pressure is high!
- Hi Cholesterol and Triglycerides – If your blood lipids are high, it might cause a plaque buildup in your arteries.
- Diabetes – those who are diabetic are prone to have heart disease. The more you control your diabetes, the better chance of avoiding heart problems.
- Family History – If heart disease runs in your family, there is an increased chance that you will develop heart disease.
- Obesity – the heavier you are, the more chance of heart disease.
- Stress – If you lead a stressful lifestyle, it is hard on your heart and you increase your risk of heart disease.
- Illegal Drug Use – If you are a drug user, your chance of heart disease increases.
So, what risk factors are problems for you? Look, be honest, and work on those areas that are potential problems! Take it from me, a guy who went from thinking his heart was not a problem to having a heart attack and bypass surgery! Believe me, if you can prevent it from happening to you, you are way ahead of the game!
Which Risk Factors are a problem for me?
Over the next few days, I will be looking at each of these risk factors and evaluating which of these things might cause me future problems. Come along and see what I think about my own situation, it might help you avoid heart disease yourself!