CAD, or heart disease, affects nearly13 million Americans and is the leading cause of death of both men and women in the U.S. If you have any of the following risk factors, your doctor can help you reduce their impact on your risk of developing this disease. Important risk factors that you can change include:

  • smoking
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • an inactive lifestyle
  • Obesity or overweight Ask your doctor about risk factors that can't be changed, such as a family history of CAD.