There are some factors of these coronary heart diseases that can be modified, treated or controlled, but there are many which cannot be. Hence the higher the number of risk factors, the greater is the chances of developing coronary heart disease. There are various risk factors in these diseases, which cannot be altered and these include increasing age. It has been seen that almost 83 percent of people who die of coronary heart disease are above the age of 65 and even women at older ages are more likely to have heart attacks.
The gender of a person also makes them prone to heart diseases and men have a greater risk of heart attack than women do and they are also more prone to have attacks earlier in life. It has been seen that in women, after menopause, the death rate from heart disease increases, but it is still lower than that of men.
The heredity factor is also vital here and there are some races or groups that are more prone to heart attacks and these diseases. It has been proven that the children of parents with heart disease were more likely to develop the same. Also African Americans have been known to have more severe high blood pressure than Caucasians, which means a higher risk of heart disease. Heart disease risk is higher among certain groups like the American Indians, Mexican Americans, native Hawaiians and some Asian Americans.
The reasons for the same are the higher rates of obesity and diabetes and those with a strong family history of heart disease are more prone to these risk factors. Hence these are some of the factors that cannot be changed or altered but remain as the major causes for coronary heart diseases.
The factors that can be altered or the contributing factors to these heart diseases include smoking tobacco. It has been seen that people who smoke have a risk of developing coronary heart disease at least 2-4 times, more than a nonsmoker. Also the smoking of cigarette is a risk factor for sudden cardiac death in patients with coronary heart disease. The people with high blood cholesterol have a higher risk of coronary heart disease and so do the people with high blood pressure.
The people who are physical inactive and are obese or overweight are also prone to these kinds of diseases. Hence the contributing factors to coronary diseases should be avoided to avoid the risks of these diseases and avoid them all together.