How Does My Family History Affect My Risk?
When a family member is diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, other family members may be encouraged to undergo screening to detect early stages of disease.
Aspects of family history that indicate a higher risk for heart disease include:
- Early onset of cardiovascular disease — for instance, coronary artery disease women younger than 65
- Cardiovascular disease in two or three relatives on the same side of the family
- Late onset of cardiovascular disease on both sides of the family
- The loss of a family member to sudden cardiac death
With the appropriate medical treatment, people at increased risk for heart disease can delay the onset and lessen the severity of the disease.
- Learn more about cardiac conditions with a strong genetic component.