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What are the Risk Factors for Heart Disease?

The American Heart Association has identified several risk factors. Some of them can be modified, treated or controlled, and some can't. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing cardiovascular disease.

What are the major risk factors that can't be changed?

  • Increasing age
  • Male sex (gender)
  • Heredity (including Race)

What are the major risk factors you can modify, treat or control by changing your lifestyle or taking medicine?

  • Tobacco smoke
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity and overweight
  • Diabetes mellitus

Learn about your cardiovascular health - warning signs for heart attack and stroke as well as cardiac care - from the experts at our Heart and Vascular Center.

Read one patient's story: Testimonial: David Nowak.

Cardiac Calcium Scoring

One of the simplest, yet most advanced methods to detect heart disease at its earliest stages, this painless test is available at the Imaging Center at Lowell General Hospital's Chelmsford Campus.  

Click here to read more about Lowell General's Heart CT Calcium Scoring Program

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