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My dad died of coronary vascular (artery) disease, am i more likely to get it?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Somwhat: Coronary artery atherosclerosis is such a common cause of death that that everyone should consider themselves at a high baseline risk. There's a slight genetic risk, but even so, lifestyle and to a lesser extent medication goes very far in preventing this regardless of you heredity. Good luck.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Possibly: You are, of course, the product of both your father and your mother so it's impossible to say for sure but your risk is increased if your father had CAD early in life (<age 55), especially if he didn't have other acquired risk factors like smoking.

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