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I'm european am i more susceptible to having vascular diseases?

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Dr. James Scanlon
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Genetics might count: Most vascular disease is due to atherosclerosis, so conditions like high cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking and diabetes are important. Most of these are due to lifestyle choices - but some diseases do tend to run in families. One example that people of european descent can inherit is a clotting disorder call factor 5 lieden. Look closely at your own family history and personal risk factors.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Vascular risks: Genetics or family history is a risk for vascular disease. However, it's mainly if family members had vascular events, (stroke, limb loss, heart attack, aneurysm). The more compelling risk factors are nicotine addiction, hypertension, high cholesterol/lipids, and diabetes. All of which are treatable. If you smoke, stop. Removing nicotine is the single most important health benefit.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Pad: dont know of increased risk for pad in european people risk factors are diabetes,hypertension,smoking,elevated cholesterol,and family genes

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