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Who is at Risk for Heart Disease?

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Who is at Risk for Heart Disease?

Understanding Your Risk for Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. With such high statistics, it is essential that you know your risk. The health experts at St. John’s are here to outline some of the most important factors that influence your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.


Although it is possible to develop heart disease at any point in life, your risk continues to increase as you age. Men over the age of 45 and women over the age of 55 are more likely to develop heart disease than younger age groups.

Family History

When you have an immediate family member who has heart disease, you are more likely to develop heart problems during your lifetime. Genetics also play a role in other cardiovascular health problems that increase your risk of heart disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Race & Ethnic Background

Although heart disease is the leading cause of death for most racial and ethnic groups, certain people have a higher risk than others. People of African and South Asian descent have a higher risk of developing heart disease than other ethnic groups.

Lifestyle Choices

Like most areas of your health, your everyday choices have an impact on your heart health. The following lifestyle choices leave you at an increased risk for developing heart disease if left unchanged:

  • Eating a diet high in cholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats.
  • Not getting enough physical activity.
  • Drinking alcohol in excess.
  • Using tobacco products.

Cardiology Services in Jackson, Wilson, and Teton County

From echocardiograms to cardiac rehabilitation, St. John’s Cardiology provides full-time local care for patients in Jackson and the surrounding areas. Our team works with your primary care provider to treat and manage your heart condition.

Visit our website to learn more about cardiology services, today!