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What can you do if heart disease runs in your family?

What can you do if heart disease runs in your family?

Doctor: Discuss your history, symptoms and general history with an internist and get a thorough check up! ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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I am curious if heart disease runs in your family should you often get a check up for it?

I am curious if heart disease runs in your family should you often get a check up for it?

Yes but....: At a young age cholesterol and suger should be checked . Blood pressure as well. These should be treated agressively as well. As you aproach your your 4th and 5th decade of life, a baseline stress test may be done. Otherwise, eat a low fat diet , exercise, keep your weight under controll and dont smoke. ...Read more

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Pain in my chest beteew my brest and shortness of breath. Heart disease runs on my dads side of the family.

Pain in my chest beteew my brest and shortness of breath.  Heart disease runs on  my dads side of the  family.

Chest pain: If heart disease is in your genes and you are a smoker with chest pain, you should see your doctor and get checked out......And stop smoking. ...Read more

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If hbp and heart disease runs in my family, should I continue to feed my 4 year old daughter, who's in the fifth percentile for weight, whole milk?

If hbp and heart disease runs in my family, should I continue to feed my 4 year old daughter, who's in the fifth percentile for weight, whole milk?

HTN and heart dz: If you have routine well child care with your pediatrician, you are probably not in any danger for your family hx of high blood pressure (HTN) and heart disease. Make sure an accurate blood pressure is taken for your kid. 3 separate readings of elevated BP is needed to make the diagnosis. Tell your pediatricain if you have a hx coronary artery disease/high cholesterol. If not, whole milk is ok. ...Read more

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I take medications and some vitamins,heart disease runs bad in my family,I heard I should add vitamin k2 or k.is it good for your heart,should I addit?

I take medications and some vitamins,heart disease runs bad in my family,I heard I should add vitamin k2 or k.is it good for your heart,should I addit?

Heart disease: is in many families. Please don't leap to conclusions. Do not add K2 unless a doc or nutritionist asks you to. See www.spectracell.com for a good micronutrient test that will measure your nutritional status. Your doc can order it or it may be available directly. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Crp level of 7.3 does it mean infection or could it be something else like heart disease? Had infection on foot but heart disease runs in family.

Crp level of 7.3 does it mean infection or could it be something else like heart disease? Had infection on foot but heart disease runs in family.

Nonspecific marker: CRP is a nonspecific marker of inflammation. It is increased in all inflammatory disease states including cad. In the absence of another inflammatory condition CAD ought o be a consideration. A high CRP predicts a higher risk for cv events. ...Read more

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A recent electrocardiogram revealed an enlarged left atrium. I'm only 25 but heart disease runs in my family. How serious of a condition is this?

A recent electrocardiogram revealed an enlarged left atrium. I'm only 25 but heart disease runs in my family. How serious of a condition is this?

Depends: There are 2 question: is the atrium truly enlarged and, if so, is there a reason for it: both can be answered with an echocardiogram. Usual reasons for left atrial enlargement are: hypertension, left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, atrial fibrillation, mitral valve disease, and atrial septal defect. The EKG is very indirect. The echo is much more accurate as it directly measures LA size. ...Read more

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