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Condition risk factors

Some medical conditions increase the risk of heart disease & stroke, but you can manage them with medication, treatment and by making healthy choices.  The more risk factors you have the greater your risk.

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure – also known as hypertension – affects one in five Canadians. It is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease, so it is very important that it is properly controlled. High blood pressure is often called a "silent killer" because it has no warning signs or symptoms.   Learn how to manage high blood pressure.


High blood cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for heart disease.  As your blood cholesterol rises, so does your risk of heart disease.  Learn more about cholesterol.


Diabetes can affect your blood vessels and in turn increase blood pressure. Diabetes also increases the chance of plaque forming in your blood vessels.   Learn more about how to manage diabetes.


Women who have had preeclampsia during pregnancy have an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.  Learn more about women’s unique risk factors.

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