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Can someone inherit heart disease?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Having a parent or sibling with heart disease can represent an inheritable heart disease not all family risk is the same, though.
Men younger than 55 and women <65 are considered to be higher risk relatives. An 85 year old grandfather with a heart attack or a heavy smoking 63 y/o dad with a heart attack may not represent a gene to their thin, frequent jogger grandson/son.

In brief: Sometimes

Having a parent or sibling with heart disease can represent an inheritable heart disease not all family risk is the same, though.
Men younger than 55 and women <65 are considered to be higher risk relatives. An 85 year old grandfather with a heart attack or a heavy smoking 63 y/o dad with a heart attack may not represent a gene to their thin, frequent jogger grandson/son.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Howard Rubin
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Genetics

Family history is an important risk factor but not alterable.
If there is a family history, then the person should fix those things they can change: weight, diet, blood pressure control, cholesterol control, avoidance of smoking.

In brief: Genetics

Family history is an important risk factor but not alterable.
If there is a family history, then the person should fix those things they can change: weight, diet, blood pressure control, cholesterol control, avoidance of smoking.
Dr. Howard Rubin
Dr. Howard Rubin
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