Genetics and Heart Disease

Family History—Family history plays a role in CHD risk. Your risk increases if your father or a brother was diagnosed with CHD before 55 years of age, or if your mother or a sister was diagnosed with CHD before 65 years of age. Also, a family history of stroke—especially a mother's stroke history—can help predict the risk of heart attack in women.

Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)1

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Family history of CVD

If you have a family history of CVD, your risk of developing it is also increased.

You're considered to have a family history of CVD if either:

  • your father or brother were diagnosed with CVD before they were 55
  • your mother or sister were diagnosed with CVD before they were 65

Tell your doctor or nurse if you have a family history of CVD. They may suggest checking your blood pressure and cholesterol level.

Source: NHS Choices UK2

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References

  1. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ winter14/ articles/ winter14pg26-27.html
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Cardiovascular-disease/ 

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