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Who is most at risk from a heart attack?

Cigarette smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for heart attacks and almost doubles your risk. If you have heart disease, it greatly increases your risk. Other factors that can elevate your risk of heart attack include: high blood cholesterol levels; high blood pressure; physical inactivity; a family history of heart attack; obesity; kidney disease: diabetes, and; being male - Men have more heart attacks than women, though being post-menopausal increases a woman's chance of having a heart attack.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 17 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Hypertension


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