Heart Attack : FAQs
Myocardial infarction (mi): Heart attack 

Who can get it?
People who have associated risk factors are more prone to get it. The following are the major risk factors for people who can get a heart attack.

Major risk factors
Cigarette smoking,
High blood cholesterol levels,
High blood pressure,
Physical inactivity.
Contributing risk factors
Stress:-Type A Men over the age of 50 with a family history of heart disease are predisposed to heart attack.
High levels of estrogen are thought to protect premenopausal women fairly well from heart attack, but risk increases significantly after menopause. Some women opt for hormone replacement therapy after menopause; the choice should be made with full knowledge that elevated estrogen levels also increase the risk for breast and uterine cancers.
Other risk factors include
Family history of premature heart disease,
>Post menopausal women,
>An association of more than one risk factor at a given time increases the risk of developing heart disease.

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