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21 Feb 2014 03:24:19 MST Written by: administrator

February is Heart Month - Is your heart at risk?

Heart disease is the nation's number one killer of people over the age of 45. Knowing the main risk factors for heart disease can help you take extra precautions.

Our HEART RISK ASSESSMENT can help you learn more about your own heart risk factors.

Several factors increase the risk of developing heart disease. The more risk factors you have, the greater chance you have of developing problems, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Age makes a difference. As you get older, your risk increases. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), other risk factors include family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes and obesity. Not all of these risk factors can be controlled. But all of us should improve the things we CAN change to reduce our risk of heart disease.

Read more about risk factors in our Health Library.