Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. About 90 percent of middle-aged people and more than 74 percent of young adults have one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, or being a smoker or overweight. Having multiple risk factors increases your risk for heart disease.
Everyone is at risk for heart disease.
But you are at higher risk for heart disease if you:
Your age and family history also affect your risk for heart disease.
Your risk is higher if: