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Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

A risk factor is something that raises the chances of getting a health problem. A person can get CAD with or without the ones listed below. The chances of getting CAD are greater in people who have many.

Things that can raise the risk are:


  • C-reactive protein (CRP) as cardiac risk factor. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/evaluation/c-reactive-protein-crp-as-cardiac-risk-factor.
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/coronary-artery-disease-cad.
  • Malakar AK, Choudhury D, et al. A review on coronary artery disease, its risk factors, and therapeutics. J Cell Physiol. 2019;234(10):16812-16823.
  • What is coronary heart disease? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/coronary-heart-disease.


  • Mark Arredondo, MD
Last Updated:

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.