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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...

How should you decrease the risk of coronary heart disease when it runs in your family?

Diet and exercise. The healthiest people in the world eat mostly a plant-based diet of unprocessed foods, walk on average 5 miles/day, and are involved in hobbies and social activites. Read more...
Many things help. You need to decrease your risk factors. This means keeping your cholesterol in check, watching your weight, getting plenty of exercise, treating diabetes - and this is the tip of the management iceberg. Talk to your doctor to customize a plan for you. Read more...

Heart disease runs in my family I'm on zocor 20mg and I heard statins are bad for your heart but I have to be on one, should I be worried? Tyvm

Says who? lowering bad cholesterol and triglycerides is a mainstay in treatment and secondary prevention in patients with coronary heart diseases, kindly keep the follow up with your doctor / cardiologist for routine assessment and listen only to doctors for your health, best wishes. Read more...

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...

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?

Something to watch. Left atrial enlargement may be associated with some risk for future cardiovascular problems including atrial fibrillation (a rhythm problem) and possibly stroke. It also may suggest diastolic dysfunction (strain of the heart at rest). But all of these are conditions associated with aging and the risk of atrial enlargement found in young life may be different. Find a good cardiologist to work with! Read more...
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...

Had echo and angiograms in 2008 and the impression was no visible coronary heart disease, heart disease runs in family when should I be checked again?

Noninvasive Imaging. Atherosclerosis begins when the artery wall thickens due to modifiable (high LDL particle levels, smoking or high blood pressure ) or non-modifiable (genetics, age, gender) risk factors. Over time, areas of focal thickening may grow into a larger lesion called a “plaque". Carotid intima-media thickness (cimt) and coronary calcium score are imaging tests that are more sensitive for early disease. Read more...
Cad. Should be on diet, exercise and risk factor program. If all good then perhaps a treadmill at 5 years. If smoking and other risk factors, those need to be dealt with. Read more...
This year. That was good news. Hopefully you are maintaining good personal practices. Non smoking exercize diet regular checks of blood pressure and lipids every 5 years or with planned changes in your workouts is reasonable. There is no absolute. See american heart simple 7. Read more...