Cardiac Risk FactorsCholesterol
The risk for heart disease increases as your total amount of cholesterol increases. Your goal for total cholesterol should be less than 200. It is important to know your cholesterol numbers for LDL, HDL and triglycerides.
High blood pressure increases the heart's workload causing the heart to thicken and become stiff. This stiffening of the heart muscle is not normal and causes the heart to not work properly. Obesity
People who have excess body fat are more likely to have heart disease. Excess weight increases the heart's workload. Obesity raises blood cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides and lowers HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
Most people associate smoking with breathing problems and lung disease. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease.
An individual response to stress may be a contributing factor for heart disease. Research has shown a connection between coronary artery disease and stress.