Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Heart-healthy living involves understanding your risk, making choices, and taking steps to reduce your chances of getting heart disease. Heart disease can cause heart attacks but by taking preventative measures, you can lower your risk of developing heart disease and improve your overall health and well-being. The first step toward heart health is understanding your risk of heart disease. Your risk depends on many factors, where some you can change, and others are not. Risk factors may be different for each person. Your risk of heart disease is higher if you: have high blood pressure, have high blood pressure, are overweight/obese, have prediabetes or diabetes, smoke, do not get enough physical activity, have a family history of early heart disease have a history of preeclampsia, have unhealthy eating behaviors, and are older (age 55 or older for women and age 45 or older for men). You can modify how physically active, eating healthy are important steps for your heart health, and quitting smoking (if you are a smoker). You can make small gradual changes over time.