How Important Are Risk Factors?To say which risk factors are the greatest predictors of coronary artery disease for a particular person is fraught with assumptions. However, most doctors would probably agree that the most important risk factors are smoking, elevated lipids (cholesterol) in the blood, high blood pressure, excess weight, diabetes, and sedentary life-style. Obviously, many of these are not independent factors. For example, many overweight people are relatively inactive and have high cholesterol levels.Working to reduce one risk factor may have benefits for others. If you change your diet to lose weight, you may also lower your cholesterol level and blood pressure. You may also decide to start an exercise program.Is Prevention Worth the Effort?The whole purpose of identifying and controlling your cardiovascular risk factors is to prevent a heart attack, early disability, and death. Millions of Americans have learned about these risk factors and have tried to modify them with help from health professionals. You can control high blood pressure, stop smoking, and lower your cholesterol level. As a matter of fact, the average cholesterol level of the population has decreased during the past 20 years, most likely because many people have changed their diets and some people are getting more physical activity. These changes have probably contributed to the declining death rate from heart disease in the United States.Most people agree that a more healthful life-style is worth the effort, but they need a little help. It is not easy to change habits that you have lived with for many years. *227\252\8*
MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: UNDERSTANDING YOUR RISK – HOW IMPORTANT ARE RISK FACTORS? IS PREVENTION WORTH THE EFFORT?
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