What are the risk factors for myocardial infarction?
Risk factors for the development of coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction include heredity, being male, smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, stress and a sedentary life style. Heredity is a powerful factor predisposing people to early heart disease. Being male is a risk factor but the incidence of heart disease in women increases dramatically after menopause. The risk factors to concentrate upon are those that can be modified. These include cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, sedentary life style and stress. Cigarette smoking causes many deaths from myocardial infarction and other heart diseases. Smoking contributes to almost half of the heart attacks of women under age 55. Stopping smoking can greatly reduce your chances of having a heart attack. Controlling blood pressure can reduce your risk of heart attack. Lowering cholesterol to safe levels through diet and medications can reduce your risk and may even lead to so
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