Frequently Asked Questions
7. Who is at greatest risk of a heart attack?
Certain factors make it more likely that you will develop coronary artery disease and have a heart attack. These risk factors include some things you cannot change. You are at greater risk if you
- are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55
- have a family history of early heart disease -- heart disease in a father or brother before age 55 or in a mother or sister before age 65
- have had preeclampsia, a condition that can develop during pregnancy.
Importantly, there are many risk factors for heart attack that you CAN change, including
- being obese or overweight
- being physically inactive
- having high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or diabetes
- eating an unhealthy diet.