There are many risk factors for heart disease that people should be aware of, and it should be everyone’s desire to avoid them at all costs. As a man who comes from a family that has as history of heart disease, I have made it my personal mission to be aware of the factors.
Of all the risk factors for heart disease, I would say that a family history is the biggest. Unfortunately for me, I come from a family that has a long history of heart disease. My father had a heart attack because of it, and so did my grandfather on his side. The only saving grace is that there is no history of heart disease on my mother’s side. For my brother and I, it is kind of a crap shoot, and we just hope that we get more of our heart-disease genes from our mother’s side.
One of the biggest risk factors for heart disease is obesity. With the fact that it is becoming an epidemic in this country and several others, it looks like the United States will experience more and more incidents of heart disease in the coming generations. It makes me sad to think about this, especially when I see overweight children, but I actually read a study the other day that states that this could be the first generation of children who have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.