Risk factors for vascular disease
A risk factor is anything that may increase a person's chance of developing a disease. Risk factors associated with vascular disease include circumstances that can be changed or treated and factors that cannot be changed.
Risk factors that cannot be changed include:
- Family history of heart disease
- Family history of hypertension (high blood pressure) or peripheral vascular disease
- Male gender
- Untreated diabetes
- Postmenopausal women
Risk factors that can be changed or treated, especially through lifestyle adjustments, include:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Physical inactivity
- Smoking or the use of tobacco products
Individuals who smoke or have diabetes have the highest risk of complications from vascular diseases because these risk factors can cause impaired blood flow.
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