Is heart attack genetic?

Heart attack. In a strict sense, there are no genes for heart attack. However, there are certain families with a history of premature heart attacks that occur at an early age. Generally considered to be less than 45 in men and 55 in women. Most of these people have elevated cholesterol levels earlier in life which places them at increased risk for heart attack at an early age.
To some degree. We can be predisposed to heart attacks because of our genes. For example, some have the genetic tendency to have high cholesterol. Some of those patients can even have such high cholesterol they have heart attacks as children. The best way to approach heart health is by assessing your risks with your doctor and making god choices based on that information.
Somewhat. Pedisposition to heart diseases is genetic, however even if it runs in your family you will not nesseserily get it if you maintain your health and live a healthy lifestyle.

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My father had a heart attack at a young age, will I be ok? Or are heart problems genetic?

Yes, it's possible. Heart problems can be genetic. More specifics are needed regarding your Father's heart attack and other medical conditions you and your Father may have. It's a good idea to see your doctor for a thorough history and physical and testing if necessary. You may want to get specifics from your Father, if he's still living, or someone else who knows details about his health, so you can tell doctor. Read more...

Is heart disease genetic? My mom had a heart attack last year at age 62. She's doing ok, but now I am worried that I am more likely to get heart disease, too..

Historically . Historically what we know about heart disease risk came from data obtained through the framingham heart study (see link below) and it was typically felt that a family history of premature heart disease before the age of 55-60 conferred increased risk. Follow up studies have suggested that any family history in first degree relatives likely increases your risk. This is but one of several risk factors however and your personal factors such as age, gender, smoking history, cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes also play significant, and probably greater roles. You can't change your genetics, age, or gender but you certainly can change the other modifiable risk factors. Read more...