Having a family member who had premature or
early heart problems definitely increases the risk that the patient could have heart
problems him or herself. So we look at that along with a patient’s
individual risk factors – things like does the patient have high blood pressure? Is the patient a smoker? Does the patient have diabetes? And put all those risk factors together to
determine an individual patient’s risk. And, based on that we can determine if any
further testing or work up is needed to evaluate.