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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Mercy Heart & Vascular Center
2400 Cherry Street
Toledo, OH 43608
(419) 251-3232

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45 St. Lawrence Drive
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Heart & Vascular Services

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors


Risk factors are conditions or behaviors that increase your likelihood of developing a disease. Several factors can increase your likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease. While you can't do anything about some risk factors (like family history of heart disease, age, gender, etc.) you can affect others including:
  • high blood cholesterol
  • high triglyceride levels
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • smoking
    • Smoking Cessation Classes
  • excess weight/obesity
    • Mercy Weight Management
  • diabetes and prediabetes (or"Syndrome X")
    • Diabetes Education
  • stress
  • lack of exercise
Heart disease risk factors should not be ignored. Simply by better managing your diet, controlling your blood pressure and weight, getting regular exercise, and making changes to your health habits, you can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease. Your likelihood of developing heart disease increases with the number of risk factors you have. Use our health calculators to measure some of your possible risk factors and talk with your Mercy Heart and Vascular Center cardiologist about how to begin reducing your chance of developing heart disease.
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