Risk factors are things that can make you more likely to develop heart problems. Some risk factors are beyond your control, such as your age, family history, whether you are male or female, and your ethnicity. But there are many that you can control, and these are known as lifestyle risk factors. These include:
- being overweight
- having an unhealthy diet
- not getting enough exercise
- having high blood pressure
- having a high level of cholesterol in your blood
- having type 2 diabetes.
By controlling these lifestyle risk factors, you can lower your risk of developing coronary heart disease. This will also protect your heart during and after cancer treatment. Even if you already have a heart problem, controlling these risk factors will help your heart.