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Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies, 3rd Edition by James M. Rippe

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Chapter 3

Are You at Risk of Heart Disease? How to Turn That Risk Around

In This Chapter

arrow Defining risk factors for heart disease

arrow Identifying the important risk factors that you can control

arrow Watching for three risk factors you cannot control

arrow Staying alert for emerging risk factors

Heart disease takes many forms, and established and emerging risk factors contribute to each form of heart disease in complex ways. In this chapter, I discuss the risk factors for atherosclerosis, particularly in the context of coronary heart disease (CHD). Paying close attention to the roles the various risk factors play and taking steps to control them can go a long way toward slowing or even reversing heart disease.

Defining Risk Factors

What is a risk factor anyway? Just as the name suggests, a risk factor is something that increases your chances of developing a chronic condition — that is, an ongoing health condition that you must live with. In the case of cardiac health, a risk factor is a personal habit, practice, or physical characteristic or condition that increases the likelihood that you’ll develop ...

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