Risks & Benefits

Heart Risk Factors

The following major risk factors for cardiovascular disease can be improved and should be considered in all adults:

What is Atherosclerosis - Hardening of the Arteries

Atherosclerosis is a condition in which a material called plaque builds up on the inner walls of the arteries. This can happen in any artery, including the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart. When atherosclerosis affects the coronary arteries, the condition is called coronary artery disease (CAD).

Your Cholesterol

High cholesterol is responsible for 70% of heart disease and is the leading killer of both men and women after the age of 45. Abnormal cholesterol levels such as high LDL cholesterol or low HDL cholesterol are a major risk factor for

Diabetes

Over 20 million people in the US have diabetes. Diabetes is a condition in which your body either can't make or can't use insulin properly to break down and absorb sugars in your food. Most patients have type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms

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Diabetes Types

Hypertension

Calculate Your Risk for Heart Disease and Stroke with Hypertension

Hypertension is one of the most important risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). Hypertensive patients have double the risk of CAD compared with patients with a normal blood pressure.

If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), it is important to attempt to identify and exclude reversible (secondary) causes.

Obesity

Overweight and obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems.

Smoking

 

Tobacco use is a major preventable cause of premature death and disease worldwide. Currently, approximately 5.4 million people die each year due to tobacco-related illnesses—a figure expected to increase to more than 8 million a year by 2030.

Cigarette smoking causes about 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States each year. It’s the main preventable cause of death and illness in the United States.

Smoking harms nearly every organ in your body, including your heart, blood vessels, lungs, eyes, mouth, reproductive organs, bones, and digestive organs. 

Cardiovascular Health Factors, Atherosclerosis, Treatment of Cardiac Risk Factors

Your risk for developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries or blockages) includes health factors that indicate your chance of having a cardiovascular event such as heart attack or stroke:

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention - Risks & Benefits

Risks and Benefits of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

If you have heart disease and want help deciding what treatment is best for you, check this out (you will need to have information about your coronary arteries and heart condition): http://www.cardiachealth.org/app/

Introduction

It seemed like a breakthrough at first: Adding a drug to the tiny tube that props open a blocked art

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting - Risks & Benefits

Risks and benefits of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

If you have heart disease and want help deciding what treatment is best for you, check this out (you will need to have information about your coronary arteries and heart condition): http://www.cardiachealth.org/app/