40 Factors That Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease After 40
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 647,000 individuals die from the condition in the United States alone each year—meaning heart disease accounts for one in every four deaths stateside. And unfortunately, while some things get better with age, your heart health is not typically one them. According to 2013 data from the American Heart Association, 6 percent of men and 5.5 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 59 have coronary heart disease (CHD). And among those 60 to 79 years old, those numbers at least double: 21.1 percent of men and 10.6 percent of women in that age bracket have CHD. If you want to avoid becoming a statistic, there's still plenty of time to consider the factors that increase your risk of heart disease after 40. Make changes today, so that you can have many healthy years to look forward to!