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Taking care of your heart is something you can do every minute of every day. It’s easier than you might think, often involving small changes to your daily habits. Doing so can make everything in your life stronger. So ask yourself: Who does my heart beat for? And take action now.
Many people live life to the fullest but still exercise caution as much as they can. It's easy to remember to wear a seat belt when you drive, put on a helmet on bike rides, protect your eyes with safety goggles in the workshop, and use ear protection when mowing the lawn. But what about your health? Are you ignoring key risk factors for heart disease that can help protect your life? Let's take a look at the most common heart disease risks -- and how you can control them.
Risk factors for heart disease fall into three categories that can intersect, as explained by the American Heart Association (AHA):
Your age, gender, and family history play important roles in setting the stage for your heart health:
While you can't do anything about your age or family history, there are many behaviors that you have the ability to change:
What's Your Risk? Take our free Heart Health Risk Assessment.
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