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What increases the risk of developing a vascular condition?

Cardiovascular disorders can be congenital, but there are also several factors that contribute to the onset of these conditions. Certain behavior or physical findings may put you at a greater risk of developing vascular disease.

A risk factor is any condition that can increase an individual’s chance of developing a disease. The risk factors for vascular diseases are divided into controllable risk factors and uncontrollable risk factors. Controllable risk factors are those that are under your control, and include:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • High blood pressure
  • Hyperlipidemia (High levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood)
  • Obesity
  • Lack of physical activity or exercise
  • Diabetes

The risk factors that are beyond your control are called uncontrollable risk factors and include:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family history
  • Ethnicity
  • Previous stroke

Though the above risk factors are known to increase an individual’s risk, these do not cause the disease. Sometimes, people with one or more of the risk factors never develop vascular disease whereas people with no known risk factors may develop vascular disease. It is important to be aware of the risk factors of a disease as it helps to take appropriate actions including changes in behavior and clinical monitoring of the disease. Your doctor will be able to explain to your more about the risk factors and also advise specific recommendations depending upon your medical history.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/