A family history of heart disease is NOT a death sentence. Think of it as your road map to optimal health. Knowing your family history in detail may save you or your offspring from the serious consequences of unchecked heart disease. If you have a family history of heart disease:

  • Know the details of your family’s health history. Sit with your family members to discuss the conditions that run in the family. It could save somebody’s life.
  • Make certain that your physician knows the details of your family history.
  • Ask your doctor what kind of specialized screening, if any, should be done, or what precautions you may need to take to reduce your risk of developing the condition or suffering serious consequences.

Family History and Heart Disease – Heart Health Center – EverydayHealth.com.