Risk factors for heart disease are those conditions, personal traits and lifestyles that contribute to hardening of the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, which causes coronary artery disease.

Some risk factors, such as age, gender, heredity and race, are not controllable; however, there are a number of risk factors that are controllable, which you can change. Some of these may be habits that have been part of your lifestyle for many years, so it may take real effort for you to change them.

Tools to Assess Your Risk

Heart Attack and Stroke Risk Assessment

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Rate Your Stress Level

Use this stress assessment to better understand your stress.

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Target Heart Rate Calculator

Calculate your target heart rate for a safe and effective workout. If you're looking for more than an estimate, consider discussing your target range with an exercise physiologist or personal trainer.

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