Risk factors for coronary artery disease include:
Simply getting older increases your risk of damaged and narrowed arteries.
Men are generally at greater risk of coronary artery disease. However, the risk for women increases after menopause.
- Family history.
A family history of heart disease is associated with a higher risk of coronary artery disease, especially if a close relative developed heart disease at an early age.
Exposing others to your secondhand smoke also increases their risk of coronary artery disease.
- High blood pressure.
- High blood cholesterol levels.
- Overweight or obesity.
- Physical inactivity.
Lack of exercise also is associated with coronary artery disease and some of its risk factors, as well.
- High stress.
- Unhealthy diet.
Key word: coronary heart disease risk