A 31-year-old member asked:
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i'm native american am i more susceptible to having vascular diseases?

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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends: Cardiovascular risk factors are dependent on family history, smoking, cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes/obesity. So if you have any of these risk factors then your risk is higher, the color of your skin is not as critical in determining risk compared to these risks above. Native americans tend to have high rates of diabetes which increases risk.
Answered on Feb 2, 2012
Dr. Tej Singh
Dr. Tej Singh answered
28 years experience Vascular Surgery
No: Could be a generic link for aneurysms. I would be active, not smoke, control cholesterol an sugar.
Answered on Jun 20, 2013

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