Heart disease can affect anyone regardless of gender, race or ethnicity. The risks of heart disease are higher in the following cases:
- If either your father or brother has had heart complications while under the age of 55.
- If either your mother or sister was under the age of 65 when diagnosed with heart problems.
Heart diseases can also be caused by other reasons such as
- Congenital birth defects
- Unhealthy living
- Drug or alcohol abuse
Genetics are sometimes known as a ‘non-modifiable risk factor’ because they are a risk factor that cannot be changed. A family history of stroke – especially on the maternal side – could increase the risk of heart attacks in women.
While you cannot change this risk factor, you can address the other risk factors of heart disease by
- Monitoring your blood pressure regularly and keeping it in check
- Exercising regularly
- Opting for a healthy diet
- Quitting smoking and alcohol
- Maintaining a healthy weight according to your Body Mass Index [BMI]
To conclude, even if genetics play a role in heart diseases, you can minimize the risk by making changes to your diet and lifestyle. To know more, check out our article on Congestive Heart Failure: How to Live Longer.