Check your family history
Genetics play a major role in who you are; it determines your hair and eye color as well as your predisposition to some medical ailments. People with a family history of heart disease are at a greater risk of developing heart disease. Knowing your family history can help determine your risk which can prepare you to take additional steps towards preventing heart disease.
If a member of your immediate family, which includes your mother, father, brothers, sisters and grandparents, has developed heart disease you should find out how old they were. Sharing this information with your doctor is important so they can help you build a comprehensive plan. If there is a family history, especially if heart disease develops at an early age, you should get serious about diet, exercise and other heat-healthy changes now. Creating these healthy habits and lifestyle modifications can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease.
Find a heart specialist near you to help build your heart healthy plan.