What are the CHD risk factors I can control?

By: Elizabeth Scherer

You can control many of the risk factors for coronary heart disease, including:

  • smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke
  • physical inactivity
  • obesity
  • high blood cholesterol
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • stress and unhealthy responses to it
  • taking some types of recreational drugs
  • drinking too much alcohol

Work with your doctor to find ways to control these risk factors. That will reduce the risks CHD poses for you.