I agree that genetic causes are important. If you do smoke and eat fatty, salty foods, you are much more at risk. However, if you smoke, eat salty and fatty foods, and have the risk in your family, you are in big trouble. It is important to know family history.
People with sleep apnea have an increased risk of heart attack. The level of stress that a person deals with on a daily basis, can add to the risk of a heart attack. Overweight individuals put added strain on the heart. Smokers can have an increase in heart disease and heart attacks. Of course, diet and genetics plays a large role. Saturated fats can lead to a buildup of plaque in the arteries which can eventually lead to a heart attack.
There are a number of reasons why you could have a heart attack even if you do not do the things that you mention. There are at least two factors that can put you in danger of having a heart attack but which are completely out of your control:
- Age. Older people are much more likely to have heart attacks.
- Genetics. You can have high cholesterol or high blood pressure not through your own fault but because they run in your family.
Skin diseases such as psoriasis can lead to inflammation of tissues inside your body, so the disease in this chronic condition can significantly increase your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, comparable to the effects that smoking leaves the body.
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People with dental infection and gum diseases are twice more likely to have a heart attack, as opposed to those without such problems.
Complications in pregnancy. If you have pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure and increased protein level in urine) you are twice exposed to the risk of heart attack with the age. Diabetes during pregnancy increases this risk by 70%.