Some factors are beyond your control, but can still contribute to your risk factors for heart conditions and stroke. These can include (but are not limited to):

  • age
  • ethnicity
  • family history
  • medical history
  • generational trauma

Personal circumstances and social factors also affect heart and brain health such as socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, geography, body size, ability and others.

Family history of heart disease is a standalone risk factor, meaning it should be assessed even if no other risk factors are present.

Anyone with a family history of premature heart disease should be aware and have early and ongoing discussions with their healthcare providers to help reduce their risk.