A risk factor is something that increases your chance of having heart disease. Heart disease (also called coronary artery disease) involves damage to the heart arteries. These blood vessels need to work well to provide the oxygen your heart needs to pump blood to the rest of your body. Things like smoking or high cholesterol levels can damage arteries. You can’t control some risk factors, such as age and a family history of heart disease. But there are many things you can control to reduce your risk for heart disease.
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