For most of us, whether or not premature heart disease occurs - especially coronary artery disease - is, to a large extent, under our control. Of all the risk factors, only our family history (i.e., who your parents are) is completely out of our control. We can do something to modify all the other risk factors. This page leads to a wealth of information on the risk factors for heart disease, and what can be done about them.
The Cardiac Risk Factors