Yes, and no. Family history is a strong predictor of heart disease and heart attack. However, there are many people who have a heart attack with NO family history and just as many people who DO NOT have any family members who have had a heart attack and still have a heart attack.
Look to your family tree as one predictor for heart disease.
What is your family health history?
Your family's history is known as your family tree. The members of your family tree consist of your mom, dad, brother, sister, aunt or uncle and so forth. An example of how your family tree impacts you is if your mom has blue eyes and your dad has brown eyes you are more likely to inherit either blue or brown eyes It is unlikely you will have green eyes. However, it is possible depending on your family tree. This could happen if another member of your family, say your grandmother had green eyes.
Now is a good time to examine your family tree when it comes to your health and wellness.
Your family's health and medical history also is also part of your family health tree. If any of your family members have had a heart attack then you are more likely to be at increased risk for having a heart attack. Women with a strong family history of heart disease are more likely to have a heart attack than the general population.
Knowing your family’s health history can help you avoid heart disease – the No. 1 cause of death in America.
Your family tree is not the only predictor of heart disease and heart attack. This week for Wellness Wednesday Getting Healthier Each Week this same question was discussed. To learn more about heart disease and the RISK FACTORS you CAN CONTROL & the one's you CAN NOT CONTROL click here
There are may things you can do to help protect your heart health like choosing healthy foods, choosing to become just a little bit more active, to stop smoking and visit your doctor to evaluate your heart disease risk factors. When you do go for you medical check-up be sure to let your doctor know your family health history, it could be life-saving.
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Your partner in health,
Cindy Cohen RN
Certified Health Coach