Heart attacks and family history

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Avatar m tn s brothers) both have had heart attacks before 50. One is overweight and the other had high bp since he was very young??? Does this increase my risk????
Avatar n tn What I do recommend for people such as yourself with a family history of heart disease is to pay special attention to watching and controlling your risk factors for heart disease, to decrease the chances of developing a problem. I hope this has been useful. I wish you the best of luck. Feel free to write back. Information provided here is for general purposes only. Specific questions should be addressed to your own doctor.
Avatar n tn Re: Family History CCF CARDIO MD - DLB 6/08/1999 (0)
Avatar n tn Family history, especially of an early in life heart disease, significantly increases your risk of having heart disease. The difficulty is in separating out your fathers risk factor of being overweight, smoking and other issues. A person with no genetic tendencies could cause themselves to have a heart attack at an early age by bad behaviors. For women, the risk of heart attack increases significantly after menopause because estrogen provides a protective effect.
Avatar n tn I have had PVC's, PAC's and IST for ten years. They began when I was 38. Both my father and grandfather died from "heart attacks" when they were 38. I am positive they are related to stress and hormonal fluctuations. Does anyone else have a family history like mine? I have read conflicting information about the role genetics and heredity play in heart disease.
Avatar n tn I am a 48 year old female. I have PACs, PVC's and IST. I am on 25 mg of Toprol and it seems to help. I have low blood pressure, cholesterol is 198, I am not overweight. I exercise 4-5 times a week for at least 30 minutes. I do yoga to help manage stress. I don't smoke or drink. I have had lots of tests....echocardiogram, stress test, CT scan of my heart, etc. My cardiologist says I have a "structurally normal heart". I also have a negligble score on the CRP blood test.
Avatar n tn and also my grandmother and her sister is the only ones living and my grandmother is the youngest and her sister is the oldest , den my daddy and my uncle is the only two thats living of my grandmother children and my daddy is the youngest and my uncle is the oldest . . . is this a family heredity or something ???
Avatar n tn The risk factors for coronary disease are a positive family history of coronary disease, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Thus, you do have a risk of developing coronary disease, but I can't quote you actual percentages. I strongly urge you to quit smoking immediately, have your cholesterol level checked by your physician, and practice a "heart-healthy" lifestyle which includes a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet and daily aerobic exercise.
365645 tn?1198181254 It sounds like it may be beneficial for you to meet with a genetic counselor prior to be becoming pregnant to thoroughly review your family history. The genetic counselor will ask questions about the family medical history including pregnancy loss, pre-term birth, birth defects, chronic illness, etc. There are several possible reasons for miscarriages, and for recurrent miscarriages there can be genetic factors involved, too.
Avatar n tn Hello, As there is a strong family history of CHF esp on the maternal side,so you definitely need to have lifestyle modification in order to prevent CHF. A family history of early congestive heart failure caused by cardiomyopathies (diseases that damage the heart muscle) may predispose you to the disease. You are also at increased risk for developing heart failure if you are overweight, have diabetes, smoke cigarettes, abuse alcohol, or use cocaine.
238668 tn?1232732330 Death or heart attack due to heart disease in a first degree relative (father, brother, sister, etc) before the age of 45 for men and 55 for women is considered a positive family history of heart disease. However any heart disease in the family history places an individual at a higher risk. Q: Since my mom's side of the family lives to such an old age with no health problems, how much of a benefit is this to me? A: Half of your genetic make-up is from your mom.
Avatar m tn I am a 48 year old white male, and I have already had a total of 5 heart attacks (all within the last 5 tears). At first my doctoer thought it was due to my low HDL, as it has been lower that 28 for the last 5 years. But after my last attack, about 3 months ago, the doctors are now thinking that my body is trying to reject the 3 stents the have pkaced in me. This last attack was pretty serious, and we are planning to have a defibri;ator implanted later this month.
798671 tn?1238153888 Flora- My Grandmother on my mothers side of the family was diagnosed with MS in her late 30's. She lived a pretty good life till she got to her 50's. From there she was in a wheelchair and stayed as happy as she could. She died at 63. My mother cared for her in our home for the last few years of her life so she could die with loved ones. I beleive she was happy to the end. Celeste- My sister was diagnosed with MS on Oct 17th 1997 (my b-day). She was 17, one month from turning 18.
Avatar m tn t say if the chest pain is activity related or not), 2) she has a history of prematurity and a heart murmur (not sure if the murmur is still present, and not sure what evaluation she had by the cardiologist 3 years ago), and 3) there is a family history of heart attacks and strokes in adult members of the family. The first 2 parts of your comment cannot be addressed without more information.
Avatar f tn Okay so I've been having anxiety and panic attacks for a few months now, and these last few days i've been feelinga sort of pressure in my chest, sometimes in the middle but it's mostly on the upper right side of my chest. And my right arm/hand becomes a little numb feeling. There is a little bit of pain in my chest as well, but it mostly feels like someone is just pressing on my chest sometimes. These sensations aren't 24/7 but they do happen often.
Avatar n tn Hi! I've recently started having tons of PVCs. I've worn a Holter, an event monitor (for a week) and had EKGs, all of which showed PVCs. I've also had a normal nuclear stress test, normal labs, and normal echocardiogram. I'm a 43 y.o. female. My father had his first heart attacks and double bypass at 45. My brother is 40 and is going in next week for an aortic valve replacement (he has a bi-valve). So . . . the family history is ugly.
Avatar n tn Unfortunately, heart disease doesnt discriminate between the young and old. There are different types of heart conditions as well, with a myriad of causes. Many are linked to lifestyle, and so one would assume that the average age of those patients would be older rather than younger. But not all.Some people are born with it! Some people catch a virus that attacks their heart. And then there are all the other causes that I dont know about (because I am not a doc, just a patient!)...
Avatar m tn I've been steping dow from 10 ml tabs now for two months, I'm down to one and a half daily. Going to one on Wed. Lately though, I've started having some servere panic attacks. Scarry to say the least. I am trying to use one 2ml xanax to control these. I break the xan into 4 pieces and use through the day as needed. Has anyone experienced this? I'm 55 years old, questionable heart condition; from family history and life style.
1795137 tn?1315727725 My uncle started having heart attacks very early on as well. Two of his three sons have had multiple heart attacks before 40 and one recently died of a massive MI yet the third brother who is not 56 has been untouched. I wish we knew why some are affected while others are not. I would speak with your doctor about ways to improve your HDL, like exercise and diet in addition to some supplements like Omega III.
808293 tn?1238602183 My therapist and I talked about my issues, my family history, a few options I had, and I made an agreement to wait a few days to start taking the Celexa. I left from that 50 minute session feeling better than I had in weeks...and despite the incredibly bad timing of blowing a tire a block from my apartment, I managed to stay in good spirits and we went to see Wicked and I actually managed to have some fun.
Avatar n tn i go to the doctors on the weekly basis and they do ekg they listen and based on my family history and on my history they say i am fine.
621465 tn?1221537588 Not so much a journal entry, but somewhere to stash family medical history for my and others' reference. Paternal Grandmother, Apr 19th 1921 - Oct 7th 1998, Died of Kidney failure [NAME REMOVED] (only child) was diagnosed as bipolar and spent time in Ponoka Hospital for the Insane in Alberta Suffered from frequent migraines, light sensitivity, coldness, rise and drops in blood pressure, dizziness, fainting spells, and twitches.
Avatar n tn Typically, first degree relatives, such as siblings and parents are, have the most impart of our family history.
Avatar n tn I am 48 year old with two sons. My family has a strong cardiac history with my dad, and three of my siblings died suddenly of cardiac attacks. My siblings died at the age of 53, 51, and 50. One had bypass surgery, sister had an attack previously (at the age of 33) and my other brother died recently may be of heart attack. He had some valve problem and under no followup treatment. All of them were diabetic. My mother died of natural causes and other brother in an accident.