People with family members who at a young age had heart attacks or unstable angina -- a condition in which the heart does not get enough blood -- are considered at increased risk and should be more closely monitored by their doctors, said Dr. Aref Amro, an interventional cardiologist at Doctors Hospital.
"Family history is a very important risk factor for heart disease," he
Any type of serious cardiovascular event in a person's 40s and 50s (or earlier) is considered a sign that the problem is something they might have passed along to their children, Amro
Anyone with immediate family members who have had coronary artery disease should be aware of symptoms, including chest pain and shortness of breath, Amro
Risk factors, such as high cholesterol, should be lowered with lifestyle changes and medication if necessary, he
"They need really to take extra precautions in order to make sure they don't end up with similar circumstances like their family members," he
recalled a patient who suffered a heart attack in his
was a postal carrier who walked as many as 15 miles a day, didn't smoke and had normal blood pressure.
could not come to grips with how such a healthy individual gets a heart attack.
I think the only (answer) for him is a family history," Amro