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Is Your Family Hurting Your Heart?

Is Your Family Hurting Your Heart?

We like discussing the positive attributes that are passed down through the generations.

"You have your mother's eyes and your dad's nose."

"Your granddad most obviously influenced your unique sense of humor."

"You're really kind. It must originate with me."

However, people frequently presume that lifestyle choices are to blame for more significant issues like heart disease. And although this is true in some cases, in others it could be hereditary and be handed on from parents to offspring.

Heart conditions can be inherited genetically. Knowing your risk in advance may help you avoid problems before they manifest as symptoms or become harmful. Additionally, you can be vulnerable to cardiac rhythm problems.

Here are the most common three inheritance-prone heart diseases

1. Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Family members may experience different familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy symptoms. For instance, you could have little palpitations while your dad has severe chest problems. You could even be completely symptom-free.

This variation in symptoms might be risky because you might not link your symptoms to a family history of the illness, which could lead you to put off getting treatment.

Fortunately, seeking medical attention at an early stage can help control symptoms, and stop the condition from spreading or leading to problems.

Treatment options include:

Adapting a healthier lifestyle, including losing weight and eating better, drugs, such as those that control heartbeat and rhythm, lessen edema and stop blood clots.

Procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical:

These could involve a heart transplant, surgery to remove a portion of the thickened heart muscle, ablation to cure an arrhythmia, or even implanting devices to treat aberrant cardiac rhythms.

2. Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy

While dilated cardiomyopathy results in the heart muscle becoming thin and feeble, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causes the heart muscle to thicken.

Both sides of the heart may be impacted by this condition. Stretching muscles causes the afflicted chamber to expand, which reduces the effectiveness of the blood pump. As a result of heart failure, the body cannot get enough blood to meet its needs.

Symptoms of familial dilated cardiomyopathy include an erratic heartbeat, exhaustion, shortness of breath, fainting, and abdominal edema.

Some people seldom ever experience any symptoms. Undiagnosed and untreated familial dilated cardiomyopathy can result in heart failure and early death, thus unnoticed symptoms can develop into a serious issue.

Similar to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy therapy aims to control symptoms, stop the illness from becoming worse, and shield you from potentially fatal consequences.

You are at a higher risk and should speak to your doctor about getting screened for this illness if you have one or more relatives who have been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy without a recognized cause or if a first-degree relative passed away mysteriously and unexpectedly before the age of 35.

3. Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Every cell in your body has cholesterol, which resembles fat. Although your body needs some cholesterol, too much of it, particularly low-density lipoproteins (LDL), the bad cholesterol, can build up in your body. This causes arteries to narrow, partially or obstructing blood flow.

Coronary heart disease is hereditary and is caused by familial hypercholesterolemia. You may experience a heart attack or a stroke if you are not treated.

If you have familial hypercholesterolemia, your LDL levels are extremely high (over 190 mg/dL).

If you have high cholesterol due to heredity, you may notice symptoms as early as childhood. Some people get a heart attack as early as age 20.

People frequently link bad lifestyle choices likeeating greasy food, not exercising, and smoking to high cholesterol.

Genetics' importance is frequently disregarded. If you have familial hypercholesterolemia, leading a healthy lifestyle by itself generally won't be enough to lower your LDL. To manage it, you'll need to collaborate with your doctor and may need to take medication.

A word from the team—

Family members of someone who died suddenly from cardiac arrest should have medical examinations. Preventive therapy alternatives are available if it is suspected that a deceased person's relatives have an inherited condition that puts them at a similar risk. Drug treatments and implanted technology are some of these.

If you need further help regarding your health and wellness, contact Corrielus Cardiology today!

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