Risk Factors

If you are diagnosed with coronary heart disease (CHD) or have had a heart attack or bypass surgery it is important to identify your individual risk factors.

This enables you to look at ways in which you can control these risk factors in order to prevent further heart problems in the future.

Risk factors can be split into two categories modifiable and non-modifiable.

Modifiable Non-modifiable
Raised cholesterol Age
High blood pressure Gender
Lack of exercise Family history
Poor diet Ethnic background
Diabetes
Maintaining a healthy weight
Excessive alcohol consumption
Smoking
Stress

Control your risk factors

By stopping smoking, taking your medication regularly as prescribed, following a heart healthy diet, and participating in regular physical activity you can help to control you risk factors.