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Risk Factors for Vascular Disease
A risk factor is anything that may increase a person's chance of developing a vascular disease. It may be an activity, such as smoking, diet, family history, or many other things. Different diseases have different risk factors.
Common risk factors that are associated with all four major vascular conditions are:
- heart disease
- male gender
- postmenopausal women
- high blood pressure
- lack of exercise
- diet high in saturated fat
- family history
Although these risk factors increase a person's risk for a vasuclar disease, they do not necessarily cause a vascular disease. People with one or more risk factors may never develop a disease, while others develop a disease with no known risk risk factors. Knowing the risk factors for any disease can help to guide you into the appropriate actions, including changing behaviors and being clinically monitored for the disease.