8 Ways to Lower Your Risk of a Heart AttackIf you want to take action and reduce your risk of developing heart disease there are several controllable risk factors.
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If you smoke, your risk of developing heart disease is 2-4 times higher than a nonsmoker. You've doubled your risk of having a heart attack if you smoke a pack of cigarettes per day. This applies to you if you smoke cigars or pipes even though cigarette smokers are in the highest risk category. Nonsmokers also must be aware of the dangers and increased risk if you are exposed to second hand smoke.