Heart Disease In The Family?

Heart Disease In The Family?


Welcome to My Heart Health, today we are
talking about what it means to have heart disease in the family but more
importantly what you can do about it. One of the questions we ask as cardiologists
to better understand your risk of heart disease is if anyone in your family had
any heart issues, heart attacks bypass operations stents and so on. Now seeing
as heart disease is a leading cause of death worldwide the likelihood of you
having someone in your family with heart disease is pretty high. However when we
ask this question what we are looking for or any potential genetic traits in
your family that increase your risk of developing heart disease at a younger
age. What’s important to recognize however is that you may have a lot of
heart disease in your family but it might not all be down to genetics. If the
people you are referring to were heavy smokers, had poorly controlled blood
pressure, or diabetes or only developed heart disease at a very old age then
there is likely much more than genetics at play. These risk factors are
modifiable: you can stop smoking you can have better control over your blood
pressure or your diabetes. What we are learning is that even if you do have
genetic risks for heart disease doing all the basic things right like having a
healthy diet, being more active not smoking etc can reduce your risk of
heart disease by up to 50%. So just because “heart disease is in the
family” it doesn’t automatically mean it’s genetic and even if it is there are
things you can do about it. If heart disease is in your family there is so
much that you can do to reduce your future risk if you start today. You might
not get to choose your parents but you can choose what you do today to protect
your heart health. For more information on the risks of
heart disease and lots of other heart health tips check out www.MyHeartHealth.ie and if you need a little extra assistance we would be delighted to help.
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