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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the risk factors for a heart attack?

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    Anonymous User

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    There are many factors for a heart attack.
    These include diabetes (type 2), physical inactivity (if you do less than 30 minutes of exercise every day you are at an increased risk), poor diet (particularly one that is high in simple sugars and saturated fat), high blood pressure, high choelsterol, family history and obesity.

    All of these factors are interrelated. For example, if you are obese, you are more likely to develop high blood pressure or diabetes. Likewise, if your diet is poor and you do not exercise regularly, then you are more likely to be obese.

    So as you can see, your risk of a heart attack increases in a compounding manner with each additional risk factor.

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    A/Prof John Amerena

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    Dr John Amerena trained in Melbourne, followed by four years in the United States at the University of Michigan. Over that period of time he … View Profile

    The main risk factors for a heart attack are smoking, elevated cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, diabetes, and a positive family history for heart disease and heart attacks.

    There are other risk factors such as elevated C-reactive protein (CRP ), homocysteine and lipoprotein that are associated with increased heart attack. But the big five are the first ones I mentioned.

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