What are the risk factors for vascular disease?

Your best chance of avoiding disabling or life-threatening vascular disease is to control your risk factors:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight

Talk to your doctor about controlling these manageable risk factors.

Risk factors you can't control are:

  • Family history of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Family history of aneurysm
  • Post-menopausal

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