How does age affect the risk for coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: F Brian Boudi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Yasmine S Ali, MD, MSCI, FACC, FACP  more...
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Many traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) are related to lifestyle, and preventative treatment can be tailored to modifying specific factors. [11]

The risk of developing CAD increases with age, and includes age greater than 45 years in men and greater than 55 years in women.

A family history of early heart disease is also a risk factor, including heart disease in the father or a brother diagnosed before age 55 years and in the mother or a sister diagnosed before age 65 years. [12]

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