How Could A Family History of Heart Disease Turn Into a Time Bomb In Your Body?

Sharing from Karen davis:

I’m 55 years old. My dad died of stroke at 56, Sigh. And heart disease runs in my mother’s family.
I have veins on my right leg. I am making my appointment with ohi. Best wishes for all who suffer from this.

It’s totally understandable that you will be on pins and needles after seeing some diseases deprive your families of their lives. The panic expands as age grows. What to do when I am at the same age of my mom or dad? The following three steps maybe helpful.

  • Check Out Your ” Family History”

When it comes to the family history, don’t take it for granted that it relates to any instance of heart disease in your relatives. Lifestyle could be the answer if most male members of your family developed the disease after 55, or the female ones did so after 65. If both your father and mother are diagnosed with the heart disease, it mostly results from the sharing life habits such as foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol, dishes with too much salt, instead of the DNA thing. A genetic indication generally happens when your fathers, brothers or grandfathers who are diagnosed with a cardiovascular problem before turning 55. And the same goes for sisters, mothers and grandmothers who are diagnosed before they turn 65. Finally, don’t forget bring it up with your doctors for an accurate diagnosis.

  • Set Out Your Early Intervention

Once you are on the list of ones with “family history”, early intervention is the top priority, which usually consists of three main parts: diet, exercise and medication, maintaining your cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels. As you age, your should pay more attention to the potential risks the family history may bring to you.

1. A healthy diet

  • fresh fruits and vegetables
  • foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol
  • foods high in fiber
  • less salt or sodium

2. A regular exercise

  • moderate-intensity
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes every week

3. A classic med-prevention

  • aspirin is almost the first choice
  • better avoid smoking
  • limit alcohol intake


  • Watch Out Possible Complications

A history of cardiovascular disease doesn’t mean an imminent disease. But if you don’t take it serious, the genes’ force may bring your the following sufferings:

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
Severe leg pain when walking is common in the PAD. And generally speaking, it gets more severer in one leg than the other. So go to see your dcotor directly when it occurs. If left untreated, reduced blood flow and plaque in your carotid arteries may result in a stroke.

Heart failure
If you feel any of the symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, confusion, and the buildup of fluid in the body, you may be suffer from the heart failure. This could be a matter of life and death. Ask for the best treatment from your doctor instantly as along as it happens.

Heart attack
A high level of cholesterol can be responsible for the heart attack. Shortness of breath and severe chest pain are the main symptoms here. Sometimes, the pain can radiate to your back, jaw, or left arm.

People with family history may suffer from ischemic stroke whose symptoms include numbness on one side of the body, confusion, trouble speaking and loss of balance or coordination. If you don’t want you brain cells die, get immediate treatments as soon as possible.

Put simply,chest pain may happen when your heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen. You may feel squeezing or pressure in the chest. You can take it as a signal of underlying heart condition.

Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, rarely deadly, but do increase your risk of having a stroke or heart failure. As the chambers beat irregularly, your blood are more likely to stall in the chambers and create clots.

Pulmonary embolism
This is similar to a stroke, with the blocked blood vessel in the lungs changed into brain.Symptoms of this disease include shortness of breath, chest pain on breathing, and bluish skin. PE is an emergency and can be deadly.

In general, gene does play an important role in disease development. But, we still get the fifty-fifty chance of stopping it with good lifestyle, regular exercise and effective medication. If you are one of the DNA chosen ones, don’t be anxious and stressful, try your best to make a comprehensive prevention, instant and professional treatment. Stay positive, and everything is gonna be fine!


We are sincerely grateful to Karen davis’s sharing story! We hope all the questions you raised and stories you shared could make a difference to those who are suffering from it.  All your kind sharing or questioning is welcomed.  Once again, HTQ is always available as long as you need us.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.