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Risk Factors for Heart Disease

The reason why some people and not others develop coronary heart disease is not fully understood.  It is known that certain factors, called "risk factors" can increase the risk of a person developing the disease.

Risk factors can be divided into two groups 'modifiable' and 'non-modifiable' risk factors;

Modifiable risk factors - these are risk factors that can be changed including:

Non-modifiable risk factors  - these are risk factors that can't be changed including: