Heart Disease and Risk Factors in the Family

A situation and question we encounter frequently; ”Heart Disease in the Family! What should I do? ” is happening.

It is difficult to explain diseases with a single risk factor. However, sudden death in the family and cardiovascular disease at an early age (especially heart attack) are alarming signs. “There is no disease. There is a patient”. The diversity of all people is also reflected in the development of the disease and its consequences.

First of all, let me give you some numbers and satisfy your curiosity. I like numbers because they are useful to explain the table clearly.

What does family heart disease mean?

Here we mean mother, father and siblings.

Having heart disease in your aunt or uncle does not have a major effect. At least it doesn’t make any statistical sense.

If this is the case; We will talk about Coronary Artery Disease, which is the most common stenosis or occlusion of the cardiovascular diseases. Coronary Artery means the “corona” that feeds the heart, that is, the arteries surrounding the heart in the form of a crown. Let’s write this aside as a note. Not only in the heart vessels, but also in the occlusion of the jugular vein and leg veins, this table is included.

  • It has been claimed that having a family history of Coronary Artery Disease increases the risk by 100%. It was later found that this did not have such a big effect. This figure was later revised to 56%. In other words, your risk is 56% higher than individuals without a family history of heart disease. When we say family, let’s remind it again; mother, father and siblings other relatives are not included in this.

  • So, what is the effect of having other risk factors on Coronary Artery Disease? So if you have these risk factors, how much does your risk of Coronary Artery Disease increase?

  • The risk of Coronary Artery Disease increases by 77% if you have Diabetes, 67% if you have High Cholesterol and 64% if you smoke. If you are over 50, this risk increases 10 times compared to non-smokers.

  • If your family has Cardiovascular Disease, I suggest you look at your Lipoprotein (a) value to see how much it affects you. A recent publication mentions a relationship between family risk factor and Lipoprotein (a).

  • At this point, I would like to draw your attention to how much Diabetes increases Coronary Artery Disease. This is of great importance for our country. Why? Diabetes mellitus is increasing in our country and it seems certain that undiagnosed and uncontrolled Diabetes is creating a bigger problem.

  • So what should we do if there is Coronary Artery Disease in the family?

  • If you look at the figures I quoted above, “We should pay attention to issues such as blood sugar control, obesity and lack of exercise.

  • This is the most effective form of protective action to take.

  • Only solving this issue can make the doubts about Coronary Artery Disease disappear.

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