Risk factors are conditions or habits that increase your risk of developing a chest, heart and stroke condition. The good news is that many of these conditions can be reduced or prevented by making lifestyle changes and managing other medical risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and Atrial Fibrillation. However, other risk factors like family history, ethnicity and age cannot be changed.
Having Atrial Fibrillation (AF), high blood pressure or high cholesterol can increase your risk of having a stroke or
heart attack. But there are lifestyle changes you can make to reduce these medical risk factors, which in turn will reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Medical Risk factors
Lifestyle Risk factors
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Genetic Risk factors - these cannot be changed:
1. Family history: You are at a higher risk of developing a heart or circulatory condition if a member(s) of your family has been diagnosed with a heart or circulatory diseases, such as a stroke or a heart attack and if your father or brother was under the age of 55 or your mother or sister was under the age of 65 when they were diagnosed.
2. Age: the risk of heart attack or stroke increases with age.
3. Gender: the risk of heart attack or stroke increases with age for both men and women
4. Ethnic origin: people with an Afro–Caribbean or Southeast Asian background have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
If any of these apply to you, then you need to take extra care about the risk factors you can control. It is also important that you speak to your GP and get a health check.
Our well check includes tests to identify cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure and Atrial Fibrillation. Find out more about our Well Checks and book your check online here.