There are some very well known risk factors for heart diseases, like- diabetes, family history, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These are called the “Big Five” when it comes to defining the risk factors for coronary events.

But there are some other risk factors that are not much known to us yet it doesn’t mean that they are less dangerous than the ones listed in the big five. Here we will know about those lesser known risk factors so that we can make ourselves as well as our loved ones aware of them and be safe as we reach our declining years.

Rush Eating

Whether you are having one of those take away packages in a hurry while driving to work or shoving down that sandwich before the meeting that you have to attend in five minutes; you are eating in a rush. Eating in a rush increases the danger of developing heart diseases. It won’t matter much once in awhile, if you are really in a hurry. But if it turns out to be a commonly recurrent phenomenon with you then you need to put a check on it. When you are eating on the go you are missing out the de-stressing factors that are inherent in the act of eating psychologically. Moreover, while eating like this way, you will notice that you are probably having an unbalanced diet and unhealthy food most of the time. So, all these factors related to rush eating combine to make up a potential risk factor for coronary diseases.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

This is applicable specifically to men. If you had early sexual dysfunction in your life than you also have to worry about the health of your heart. As erectile dysfunctions occur due to inadequate blood supply to the pelvic regions it may also be due to a silent heart disease or any other vascular diseases. However, most of us are not aware of this fact that ED can also be a potential risk factor for coronary diseases.



Surprised? Don’t be because reports indicate that there is a sharp increase in the rates of getting heart diseases for women after menopause. However, what causes this spike in heart diseases in women after menopause is still unknown but it is a sure indication that menopause can be seen as a potential risk factor for heart diseases in women. The risk almost doubles, if the factor of high blood pressure is also involved with it, as almost fifty percent of American women develop high blood pressure while reaching their 60s. This is a huge number! So, there is no alternative to be health conscious from right now!

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a specific problem when the person suffering from it experiences pauses in breathing while they are asleep. This condition is mostly associated with a condition called atrial fibrillation (AF) that means irregularity in heartbeats. And, it has been suggested by various experts that if not treated timely individuals with AF will go on to developing a stroke or other coronary diseases. So, sleep apnea is a very active risk factor for you to develop heart diseases in the near future. However, sleep apnea is very much curable; and if you have it you should consider getting assessed and treated by your nearby expert physician as soon as possible.


High Level of Triglycerides

High cholesterol level is listed as one of the top five risk factors for heart diseases. But while checking out the level of cholesterol, very often we only focus upon the level of LDL/HDL and generally tend to ignore the level of triglycerides. Higher levels of triglycerides in our blood has been found to be the reason for developing heart disease and stroke in many cases. So, high level of triglycerides is one of those lesser known risk factors for heart diseases. However, you can very effectively control the level of triglycerides in your blood by decreasing the consumption of carbohydrates and increasing the intake of omega 3s.

Earlobe Creases

It has been from a long time ago that earlobe creases had been associated with increased risk of developing heart diseases. But this issue was on the borderline of being a myth from a fact. But with the development of modern medical science there came various studies on the subject that finally could discern an undeniable connection of earlobes creases with increased risk of heart diseases. Although there aren’t any fully convincing and developed theory to explain why it happens so but denying it altogether is no longer an option. So, if you have earlobe crease do not panic; take proactive measures and make positive lifestyle changes to prevent the onset of any coronary diseases.

Always remember that it is never too late to positively change your lifestyle. So, whenever you notice any one of the risk factors discussed above in yourself or any one of your loved ones start adopting necessary preventive measures right away! Consult with a specialist to know what are the things that you have to do and what are the guidelines that you have to follow. Above all direct considerable amount of your time, energy and attention on the prevention of heart diseases through necessary lifestyle changes and other measures.