Atherosclerosis Part 2:
What are the risk factors for developing atherosclerosis?
The presence of risk factors is known to accelerate the development of atherosclerosis. Risk factors are classified as modifiable or non-modifiable. The first step in initiating healthy changes is to learn which risk factors you have.
Risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis include: high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), tobacco use, air pollution, diabetes, advancing age, family history of heart disease, obesity, physical inactivity, chronic kidney disease, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic syndrome, chronic inflammation, increased fibrinogen levels, family history of high cholesterol and depression. Start making healthy changes in your life by reducing and/or eliminating your modifiable risk factors today.