Heart & Vascular Program

Heart Health

Risk Factors: Family History

A strong risk factor can be your family history of disease. If a member of your immediate family has developed early heart disease, you have a five-fold increased risk of developing heart disease.

Lifestyle factors that run in families can also increase the risk of heart disease. Overeating, high fat diets and physical inactivity often make obesity a family affair. Parents who smoke also tend to have children who smoke. Even if you have inherited a tendency towards heart disease, you can make lifestyle changes that will positively impact your health.