Jun 20, 2024, 10:01 AM IST

8 common causes for heart diseases

Pravrajya Suruchi

Unhealthy diet: Consuming a diet high in unhealthy fats, processed foods, added sugar, and salt can significantly increase your risk of heart disease.

High blood pressure: Uncontrolled high blood pressure forces your heart to work harder to pump blood throughout your body.

High cholesterol: High levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to build up in your arteries (atherosclerosis).

Smoking: Smoking damages the heart and blood vessels in several ways. It reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, increases blood pressure, and damages the lining of your arteries.

Diabetes: Diabetes can damage your heart and blood vessels in several ways. It can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity.

Physical inactivity: A sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for heart disease.

Obesity: Being overweight or obese increases your risk of several heart disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Family history of heart disease: If you have a close family member (parent, sibling, or child) who has heart disease, you are at an increased risk of developing the condition yourself.

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