Take steps to modify risk factors as you age

Read any article on cardiovascular disease prevention, and you’ll learn that the major risk factors are age, sex, race, smoking, high blood pressure, high blood lipid levels, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

But have you ever wondered if each risk factor influences risk to the same degree? The answer is no. All cardiovascular disease risk factors aren’t created equal.

“More than half — almost three quarters — of cardiovascular disease risk is determined by age, sex and race,” says preventive cardiologist Luke Laffin, MD. “The other risk factors add some prognostic value, but not as much as you’d think.”

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