How Your Family Affects Your Heart Health

When it comes to different types of heart disease, there are plenty of factors you can’t control — including aging and your family history.

But even if you can’t turn back time, knowing about genetic issues makes a difference in how you manage, monitor and treat disease. If you dig into your family history, you’ll find more than just good stories; you’ll find life-saving information.

Common links in cardiomyopathies

I brought up aging for a reason. When we get older, our hearts are going to undergo natural “wear and tear.” But when that happens to a person who is relatively young, it’s one of many genetic red flags.

Two types of cardiomyopathies offer examples. First is dilated cardiomyopathy. Anywhere from 20 percent to 50 percent of cases are linked to a mutation in the LMNA gene. With dilated cardiomyopathy, the walls of the heart become thin so that the …

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