Features August 2019 Issue

What to Do When Bad Genes Threaten Your Heart Health

Losing a parent or sibling to heart disease at an early age increases your personal risk of suffering the same fate. The good news is that living a healthy lifestyle and undergoing regular health screenings will increase the likelihood you’ll live a longer, healthier life.

What to Do When Bad Genes Threaten Your Heart Health

Take these steps to live longer without having a heart attack or stroke.

If a first-degree male relative (father, uncle or brother) was diagnosed with coronary artery disease or cerebrovascular disease, or had a heart attack or stroke before age 55, or a first-degree female relative (mother, aunt or sister) was diagnosed before age 65, you have a significant family history of cardiovascular disease and are at increased risk yourself. You should be screened for blood pressure and cholesterol as early as possible and have regular checkups.

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