I’m safe, right?
Sorry, I’m afraid not.
Taking all other risk factors into account, if you have a close family member with heart disease, your risk nearly doubles. ALL family members, both male and female, factor into your family history – not just the ones who use the same restroom.
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.
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Eliz survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience. Drawing on her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.