"Red Flags” for Arterial and Other Chronic Disease

There are many conditions associated with arterial and other chronic diseases that lurk silently only to become suddenly lethal. These “red flags” reveal increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and other consequences of chronic disease. Pay attention to them. The more red flags you recognize, the more you should want to know what may be lurking in you that could suddenly or slowly cost you your life or health.

  • Personal or family history of cardiovascular/arterial disease

  • Personal or family history of heart attack, stroke, or Type 2 diabetes

  • Gestational diabetes

  • Elevated cholesterol

  • Nicotine use in any form (including second hand smoke)

  • Psychosocial issues such as depression, anxiety, or stress

  • High blood pressure

  • Abdominal obesity (High visderal fat)

  • Sleep problems (not enough sleep, sleep apnea)

  • Age (men over 40 and women over 50)

  • Periodontal/Endodontal disease

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Lupus

  • Psoriasis

  • Migraine headaches

  • Gout

  • Polycystic ovaries

  • Hirsutism (facial hair growth in women)

  • Hispanic or African-American descent

  • Osteoporosis

  • Pre-eclampsia

  • Breast cancer treatment