Heart Disease Runs in My Family: Will I Develop It Too?
Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Preventive cardiologist Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH, answers this one about cardiovascular disease.
A: There’s tremendous power in living a healthy lifestyle.
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A recent study looked at genetic risk for developing heart disease. The participants were at 90 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
But when they lived a healthy lifestyle — meaning they exercised, ate a healthy diet, maintained a lean body weight and didn’t smoke — they were able to reduce that risk drastically by about 50 percent. And that doesn’t even account for blood pressure control and cholesterol control.
So even if you have the deck stacked against you, you have the power to take control of your life and live a healthy life.
— Preventive cardiologist Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH