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Old 03-19-2006, 05:20 AM   #1
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Isn't coronary disease inherited?

Hi,
I'm just curious and have to ask. Last Friday when I went for my cardiolite stress test, not one nurse asked me about my family history of heart disease.I always thought that it was a strike against me! My Dad's father died of a heart attack, my mother has had stents a few years ago, and my father had his double bypass when he was my age--49. Since then my Dad has had numerous stents, and heart attacks. He currently has 100% blockage, which is risky at our hospital, so if he opts to have surgery, then he has to go to a bigger city. I mentioned my father's history to the one nurse that was hooking me up for my treadmill test. She said that her Dad died at the age of 50,(from a heart attack), and she has asked numerous cardiologists if she should have a stress test . They said that she didn't have any other risk factors so it was not necessary. She also said that men and women have different types of heart disease. I was just curious about this.
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Re: Isn't coronary disease inherited?

elphers,

To a large extent, the TENDENCY to heart disease is inherited.

We inherit the shape and size of blood vessels and we inherit the means of dealing with blood lipids.

Like all inherited TENDENCIES, they can be overridden with special effort. Part of the effort is additional testing for families that have a strong tendency towards disease.

 
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Old 03-19-2006, 02:32 PM   #3
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Re: Isn't coronary disease inherited?

For me, my family history was my only risk for the heart disease I have. My dad had a first heart attack at 42, his dad died at 41. I was 48 when diagnosed and I have 8 stents and a failed RCA bypass. I take Lipator but it was given after diagnosis as a precaution and because my dr wants my chosterlol even lower than normal because of my condition. I think the dr should have asked about family history.

 
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Re: Isn't coronary disease inherited?

"She said that her Dad died at the age of 50,(from a heart attack), and she has asked numerous cardiologists if she should have a stress test . They said that she didn't have any other risk factors so it was not necessary. She also said that men and women have different types of heart disease. I was just curious about this."

Family history is very important, but if there are no symptoms or signs for a heart disorder the probability of the disorder is outweighed by financial, doctor's time, equipment management, etc. It would not be cost effective to test everyone that has just a family history...if there are any symptoms one shouldn't hesitate, but insist on the appropriate tests.

There are fewer women that have heart problems earlier in life, but in later life heart problems for each gender appears to be equal. There is the phsyiological difference with women during child bearing age that has been suggested to be the reason. I have read there are more arrythmatic events for women as a heart issue, and men are a more vulnerable to CAD.

 
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Re: Isn't coronary disease inherited?

A cardiologist just made a statement to my SIL before she went in for bypass surgery. He said it's 50% genetics, 30% smoking or the foods you eat, and the other 20% is the luck of the draw.

 
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A cardiologist just made a statement to my SIL before she went in for bypass surgery. He said it's 50% genetics, 30% smoking or the foods you eat, and the other 20% is the luck of the draw.
I would have included lack of exercise, but that may pertain just to the heart muscle!?

 
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