Risks for Heart Disease

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All families in the world have their own personal family risk factors pertaining to their health. These risk factors come from generations that are then sometimes passed down to the newer generations of the family. Some of these risk factors that families have could be diseases or cancers that can unfortunately take one’s life to soon because it attacks their body a certain way and causes it to shut down. But, many families could possibly overcome these risk factors they may have by changing their life styles and not following in the steps of earlier generations. My family risk factor, heart disease, will be discussed through the risk factor, how life style might play a role in the risk factor, what can be done to help lower the chances that family members develop the potential health problems, and what life styles within the family might lead to the potential health problem.

The biggest family risk factor that my family has to be concerned with is heart disease, especially cardiovascular disease. The Mayo Clinic Staff discussed, “cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke” (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2013, Heart disease, para. 2). This disease is unfortunately the reason many people die and sometimes even die at a young age because of it. My grandfather was a victim of cardiovascular disease and he ended up with his first heart attack in his late 40’s while he was driving on his way to work. He lived through the first attack and eventually had to have triple bypass surgery at the age of 66. During the surgery there were complications, he was under to long and ended up with Parkinson’s disease with Lewy Body Alzhe...

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...fects that comes with smoking or doing any kind of drugs. The most important thing is to keep healthy and live life because we only get one to live and I want my life to be as fulfilling and great as it can get.


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