Risk Factors for Heart failure
List of Risk Factors for Heart failure
The list of risk factors mentioned for Heart failure in various sources includes:
Risk factors discussion:
As stated, the heart loses
some of its blood-pumping ability as a natural consequence of aging. However, a
number of other factors can lead to a potentially life-threatening loss of
As a symptom of underlying heart disease, heart failure is closely associated
with the major risk factors for coronary heart disease: smoking, high
cholesterol levels, hypertension (persistent high blood pressure), diabetes and
abnormal blood sugar levels, and obesity. A person can change or eliminate those
risk factors and thus lower their risk of developing or aggravating their heart
disease and heart failure.
Among prominent risk factors, hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes
are particularly important. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risk
of heart failure by 200 percent, compared with those who do not have
hypertension. Moreover, the degree of risk appears directly related to the
severity of the high blood pressure.
Persons with diabetes have about a two- to eightfold greater risk of heart
failure than those without diabetes. Women with diabetes have a greater risk of
heart failure than men with diabetes. Part of the risk comes from diabetes'
association with other heart failure risk factors, such as high blood pressure,
obesity, and high cholesterol levels. However, the disease process in diabetes
also damages the heart muscle. (Source: excerpt from NHLBI, Heart Failure: NHLBI)
Risks factors for Heart failure: medical news summaries:
The following medical news items
are relevant to risk factors for Heart failure:
About risk factors:
Risk factors for Heart failure are factors that do not seem
to be a direct cause of the disease,
but seem to be associated in some way.
Having a risk factor for Heart failure
makes the chances
of getting a condition higher but does
not always lead to Heart failure.
Also, the absence of any risk factors
or having a protective factor does not necessarily
guard you against getting Heart failure.
For general information and a list of risk factors,
see the risk center.
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