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.
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.

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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.
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.
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.

What age does coronary heart disease happen most commonly especially with family history, metabolic syndrome?

HIGHLY variable! Hi. The risk goes up as you age, and at any age, populations with positive family history and metabolic syndrome have higher risk of CHD than otherwise matched populations without those characteristics. You can use the Framingham Risk Score (online), but still, it assigns risk based on population studies. You, the individual, have genetics and environmental characteristics not taken into account.

What's the best proactive preventive treatments aside from exercise & diet for coronary heart disease. I'm 38 with a family history of heart disease.?

Statins. Chances are u have hyperlipidemia, we all do. Statins have revolutionized atherosclerosis like sodium pump inhibitors changed peptic ulcer disease.
See your doctor... In addition to the mentioned treatments, you need good BP control, glucose control and evaluation of lipids. Consult your doctor for exam, possible blood tests, and consultation.

Chances of coronary heart disease and significant blockage at age 28? . Having pains under breast bone. No family history. Dont smoke or drink. 5'1/147

Low. Your main risk factor at this time is obesity. Your ideal body weight should be about 110lbs. Otherwise low risk if caucasian.. Prevalence of atheromatous plaque in early 20's about 20%. Low risk for non smoking otherwise healthy caucasian female w/o fa hx of mi or stroke b4 age 60 on parents specially if high HDL levels. Exercise and weight reduction should do for you for the time being.

What are the causes of coronary thrombosis and what affects the risk of coronary heart disease?

Genes and lifestyle. Coronary thrombus is a clot in an artery that feeds the heart. Anything that damages or roughens the lining of the blood vessels could result in clot formation, such as elevated cholesterol and hypertension. Risk factors include family history of heart disease, being male, increasing age, elevated cholesterol or ldl, obesity, smoking, and being sedentary.

How does a person's diet increase the risk of coronary heart disease?

Insulin resistance. Metabolic syndrome is very preventable. Excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake cause high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of Insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Eventually you will have full blown diabetes, heart disease and htn.
Multiple. Obesity high blood lipids and deposits metabolic and diabetic issues.

Why do women < 55 have a lower risk of coronary heart disease than those >55?

Estrogen. Premenopausal women are protected by the estrogen their ovaries make. The exogenous estrogen taken after menopause doesn't do the job. There are many theories as to why endogenous estrogen is protective but beyond the scope of this forum. I have never seen a premenopausal women with a heart attack unless she smokes or has diabetes. You can take that to the bank!