By James M. Rippe

Part of Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States. By modifying your daily lifestyle practices, you can help control the following seven risk factors for heart disease and lower your risk of developing heart disease or experiencing a heart attack or stroke:

  • High blood pressure

  • Elevated cholesterol

  • Cigarette smoking

  • Inactive lifestyle

  • Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Stress