Here’s what you need to know about family history and heart disease.
Taking all other risk factors into account, if you have a close family member with heart disease, your risk nearly doubles.
While this news may be a bit frightening, it is good news in one way. Even if you do not have symptoms today, a strong family history of heart disease can lead you and your doctor to implement treatment to prevent or slow down development of the disease.
Take a look at the health of your close relatives. Your parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, and uncles may be experiencing heart disease symptoms they have not shared with you. If you are diagnosed with heart disease, share the information with your family so they can be checked as well.
Eliz Greene works with busy women who want to improve their heart health so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less.
She is the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart and 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after women’s wellness speaker. Find out about her women’s wellness programs, workplace wellness programs and programs for healthcare professionals at EmbraceYourHeart.com