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20 Ways You're Raising Your Risk of a Heart Attack Without Knowing It

Best Life Logo By Kelsey Kloss of Best Life | Slide 1 of 21: You already know how important it is to take care of your heart, but sometimes it can be easy to put it in harm's way without realizing it. Here's a sobering statistic: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an American has a heart attack every 40 seconds. That adds up to about 805,000 people in the U.S. who have a heart attack every year. Luckily, you have some degree of control over your risk—cutting out bad habits in favor of ones that promote a healthy lifestyle can work wonders when it comes to helping prevent a heart attack, the CDC says. So with that in mind, here are 20 ways you're raising your risk of heart attack without even knowing it. And for more red flags regarding your health, check out 30 Warning Signs Your Heart Is Trying to Send You.

20 Ways You're Raising Your Risk of a Heart Attack Without Knowing It

You already know how important it is to take care of your heart, but sometimes it can be easy to put it in harm's way without realizing it. 

Here's a sobering statistic: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an American has a heart attack every 40 seconds. That adds up to about 805,000 people in the U.S. who have a heart attack every year. Luckily, you have some degree of control over your risk—cutting out bad habits in favor of ones that promote a healthy lifestyle can work wonders when it comes to helping prevent a heart attack, the CDC says. So with that in mind, here are 20 ways you're raising your risk of heart attack without even knowing it. And for more red flags regarding your health, check out 30 Warning Signs Your Heart Is Trying to Send You.

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