Some risk factors you cannot control; these are called uncontrollable risk factors and include:
Age- the older you get, the more likely you are to develop or progress heart disease.
Gender- Earlier in life, men are at a greater risk than women for having a heart attack or stroke. After menopause, women’s risk rises greatly.
Race/Ethnicity- African Americans typically have higher blood pressure than Caucasians which can put them at a greater risk for heart disease.
Previous Heart Attack or Stroke- If you have already had a heart attack or stroke, you are at a higher risk for having a second heart attack or stroke.
Family History- You may be at a higher risk for a heart attack or stroke if your brother, father or grandfather had one before the age of 55 or if your sister, mother or grandmother had one before the age of 65.
The Female Risk Factor for Heart Disease