Risk Factors


Heart Attacks are the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. and half occur in people with “normal” cholesterol. The latest research has shown that many risk factors, in addition to elevated cholesterol, cause inflammation and increase the likelihood of a stroke or heart attack. These risk factors may seem unrelated to cardiovascular disease, but can have a dramatic impact on laboratory tests and carotid intima media results.


If you or someone you know has any of these risks, and you want to take a proactive role in potentially preventing a serious event, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Risk Factors (red flags) may indicate an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or diabetes. These include:


  • Personal or family history of cardiovascular disease, heart attack or stroke.
  • Diabetes
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Nicotine use in any form
  • Second-hand smoke
  • Depression, anxiety, stress
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Sleep problems
  • Age (men above 40) women (above 50)
  • Gum disease
  • Gout
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Psoriasis
  • Pre-Eclampsia
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Breast Cancer treatment
  • Migraines
  • Restless Leg Syndrome