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My husband is 58 and has had untreated high blood pressure for 20 years. He won't take medication. He's heavy. Is he at risk for heart disease?

Yes. Youf husband is not thinking right. With high blood pressure he is at risk for strokes, heart disease, kidney failure. She should have a full work up at be treated. Read more...
YES. High BP is a silent killer. It causes few symptoms until it's already damaged the heart, brain or kidneys. Usually by then damage is irreversible. Some media reports might confuse people because there's been recent debate about whether treatment is needed for mild hypertension. But it's pretty clear to everyone that anything over 150/90 or so is dangerous, especially over another 20-30 years. Read more...

All blood work normal EKG stress test chest X-ray all normal, but I am taking blood pressure med. If no heart disease am I still at risk for heart att?

Yes, we all are. We are all at risk for heart attacks. The risk factors addressed in the website given below affect the chances of disease, but lack of all of these risk factors does not reduce the likelihood of heart attack to zero. Maintaining a healthy life style reduces the risk. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-attack/basics/risk-factors/con-20019520. Read more...

My father died aged 49 from coronary heart disease I am 38 am I at risk too please help.?

Maybe. One of the risk factors for coronary artery disease is family history. It does play strong role but it isn't 100%. My grandfather died at 48 of heart attack but ate poorly was overweight and smoked. My father turns 80 and has had 1 minor stent. A good screening tool is a ct calcium score. Costs around $300 or less (i've seen it at $100). It can give you an idea of your risks. Read more...
HsCRP. The other test which has a lot of data support in screening for increased cardiovascular risk is a blood test called a high sensitivity CRP or hs-crp. This a measure of inflammation in blood vessels and is related to heart disease risk. Insurance usually covers this. Read more...

Is congenital heart disease correlated with age? Are older people more at risk with congenital heart disease, if so, how can it be prevented?

Congenital . Congenital heart disease is a broad category that includes all heart conditions that are present at birth. Some are quite minor, but others are very complicated and associated with very high risk throughout life. Generally, cardiovascular conditions are associated with increasing risk as people age and this is also true of the congenital heart conditions. Also keep in mind that people with congenital heart disease are also at risk for acquired heart conditions like coronary artery disease. In the modern era, it is increasingly common for people with complicated congenital heart disease to live long and full lives. The best thing to do to prevent problems later in life is to see an expert in the care of adults with congenital heart disease. These experts are typically located at large referral centers, such as university hospitals. Read more...
No. I think this is a definition issue. Congenital means "from birth", and most congenital issues are caught nearer to birth, especially major ones that either cause blue lips and gums, or failure to grow properly. Sometimes an issue like a small hole between chambers of the heart goes undetected, and is found later on a cardiac work up for other reasons. But issues like that start from birth. Read more...
No. Congenital means "present at birth". So an adult cannot "develop" a congenital heart defect. Read more...

If I am at risk of ischaemic heart disease, can I take aspirin 100mg/day?

Definietly. 81mg is the normal dose. If you know you're at risk, you should probably talk to your doctor to see how best to define that. You may have some other options. Read more...