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Hereditary heart problems, whats my chances ?

My dad always had a dodgy heart and died at 57. This worried me as I believe heart trouble is hereditary. Im now 50, never had a problem and kept myself reasonably active. I had a check up soon after my dad died, (aged 38) and the doctor said I had a healthy heart. The problem is, can hereditary heart problems occur as I get older? My last check up was 3 years ago and the nurse did not give me an E.C.G. explaining it was not necessary as research showed even if my ticker was beating soundly there was nothing stopping me from rising of the treatment couch and literaly dropping dead. Can anyone reassure me of what the probable out come could be considering their past experiences regarding this? I occasionaly exercise, I eat fibre, fruit and plenty of veg but must admit am slightly overweight.
Asked On : Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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Genes for cardiac disease are strong, but you can change some of your risk factors by not smoking, regular exercise, controling blood pressure, having regular cholesterol checks and making sure you are not eating trans fats. You must be doing something right if you are healthy as the cholesterol imbalance shows up very young in heridetary coronary artery disease.
Answered: Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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