Does heart disease run in the family?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2013-08-11 10:10:53 -0500
Started 2010-12-28 16:41:48 -0600

I am just curious as to how many of the members on here have heart problems that run in the family? I have heard that heart disease can be hereditary but not always.

19 replies

Wonder women
Wonder women 2013-08-11 10:10:53 -0500 Report

I'm worried about my boyfriend his grandfathered all his grandfather brothers died in they 40 s of a heart attack only the men not women and his cousin died at the same age with the same condition I'm very worried for him can anyone give me some advice thankyou

MWmelbourne 2011-07-31 09:46:09 -0500 Report

well on my father's side heart disease, arthritis and diabetes pretty much all the way around … All worked hard, many died young so probably genetic, but all that nice southern cooking probably didn't help…

Pappy03 2011-07-29 13:44:23 -0500 Report

Well I think it does in my case. When I had bypass surgery the doctor told me that all the blockages were on the right side of my heart, that was 14 years ago. My sister had bypass surgery about 11 years ago and all the blockages were on the right side of her heart. When our father died at age 82, from a heart attack, the doctor said that he had three major blockages, guess where, on the right side of his heart. And the doctors told us that it was unusal for blockages to be on that side. Sorta seems like it might be genetics in our case anyway.

emgy1460 2011-01-31 04:07:05 -0600 Report

my grandmother my moms, mom died at age 68 of heart attack, my mother had a stroke and leg amputated after 5 yrs of stuffering she died at age 58
myself at age 48 got a a-fib where there was a clot going through my knee that no one notice after having servere pain in my knee with my blood/pressure scoring to 245/150 gave a cortizone shot in my knee for the pain and sent me home and said come back in 2 weeks thank god i didnt die w/ my pressure so high when i went back thats when anew doctor notice my irregular heart beat i praise that man he saved my life and he broke the curse of dying in my life from my grandma to my mom to me 68-58-48 those ages seem to be i believe i was suppose to die at age 48 but im still here at 51 and im not going anywhere until 100 yrs old i have 49 yrs to go

dannyray267 2011-01-27 21:12:06 -0600 Report

Great question. It seems like in this day and time everyone has heart disease their family. What has happen to us over the years?

cynthiakelly 2011-01-26 06:50:31 -0600 Report

my grandparents and aunt and uncle ,my mother and 30 year ol;d and me all have had open heart ande grand parents(2 grandmother and 2 grandfathers all died from congestive heart failure. so yes itr runs in family and we do follow what are drs are telling us cause we know what can happen . we also have hereditary cholesteral problems as well i take 1200 mg of fish oil and it brought my counts way below level with my other meds so take yours too and encourage others to get colesterol checks

jbs2travel 2011-01-24 01:21:14 -0600 Report

My grandmother died of a stroke and father had his first heart attack in his early 50's and also had a stroke and 2 open heart surgeries - all 5 of his kids have high cholesterol. Thanks, Dad!! My youngest brother has already died from heart related problems. I really keep on top of my disease and always tell my doctors about my family history.

speedyg35 2011-01-17 19:16:20 -0600 Report

yes it does like everyone is saying. Im 36 years old and my so called dad just finally told me that he has heart problems, i am also a candiate for it also due to having a family history of high cholestrol too. I am afraid to talk to the doctors because of the way i sometimes feel like my heart is skipping beats. It seems like when i go to the doctor now they always find something but i know deep down that they had to bring my dad back twice due to a heart attack and a stroke on top of that. He did survive but is on like 10 different meds and it does scare me to death.

LennyDenny 2011-01-10 08:54:47 -0600 Report

Morning - My dad and six of his brothers died from heart disease, so I guess it runs in the family. I should have done more for myself knowing of the family heritage.

peacerose1954 2011-01-09 00:12:00 -0600 Report

my mom & her mom both died of heart disease…my grandma was only 57 and my mom was 71…i'm trying to begin a diet program cause i know i better do something now before it happen's to me..i'm only 56 and it scare's me to think about how bad i've been to myself…i ned both knees replaced so exercise is really hard for me…i try to walk but only manage about 20min before my knees start to hurt bad…any ideas on what other exercises i might be able to do ? also my mom,dad,and brother had diabetes & high blood pressure…which i do have mild high blood pressure & am pre-diabetic.

Brenda_B 2011-01-06 04:18:48 -0600 Report

I would guess it does. Everyone on my mother side of the family have diabetes and high blood pressure.

catspad1 2010-12-31 18:07:20 -0600 Report

Most definitely does. My family is living and unliving proof. My father and his 4 brothers all died of heart disease. Their parents both died of heart disease. My mothers side of the family has heart disease. Grandmother died of heart disease. My mother has it. My oldest brother had a heart attack at age 40, has heart disease. I had triple bypass at age 40, have heart disease, my 43 yr. old brother had massive heart attack the week of Christmas, has heart disease. I have 2 younger sisters they are 36 and both have heart disease. My sisters and I are very active people and still have it so if there is a meer sliver of a chance you could have it PLEASE PLEASE go get checked out. Its a small price to pay for your life

Life Saver
Life Saver 2010-12-29 20:11:09 -0600 Report

Many believe it does.

Some argue is it nature or nurture. In other words, even good genes can be overwhelmed by stress, being way overweight, eating the wrong foods, and not being the right exercise.

HeartHawk made a number of excellent points.
I've heard that one out of 2 Americans will die of a heart attack or stroke. Yet the first sign that many have is a fatal heart attack or stroke.

My mom had high blood pressure and an enlarged heart. She loved to cook and was considerably overweight. She died of a massive heart attack in August 1999. She would have been "78" in October, 1999

Dad was very healthy, lean, and active in walking. He did not smoke or drink. Until a year or two before he died he rode his bike, raised a garden for many years, mowed the small lawn with a reel (non gasoline) mower, and went up and down the stairs of his two-story house. He seldom sat down for any long periods. He was a full-blooded Norwegian. His life ended when his birthday was beginning for his "94th" year by Norway's earlier time zone. He had a heart attack and was on life support until the brain scan results came back. Dad started to go down hill after mom died,and died almost exactly 3 years after her in August 2002.

My two brothers who are older than me are heavy smokers and drinkers, especially my brother, Karl, (DOB 1948) Karl has had many stokes. Nels who was born in 1951 has had at least one serious heart attack that caused him to black out and wreck his car.

I don't smoke or drink due to allergies and a desire to not follow in their foot steps. I'm overweight and do not get enough exercise. I've had tests that show I have excellent small veins and average veins for a 55 year old.

Maybe I'll have the luck of the Irish by being born on Saint Patrick's Day and dodge the bullet that has hit 4 of 5 immediate family members.

I'm taking nutritional supplements to increase my heart health, and doing a lot of personal research.

You might want to read the two books that I just reviewed for the group, "The Cardiovascular Cure …" and "NO More Heart Disease …" or at least read the reviews that automatically includes a third-party review.

Best wishes,
Tulsa, OK

HeartHawk 2010-12-29 10:43:46 -0600 Report


Let me be the first to chime in. All died of sudden heart attacks with no previous symptoms.

My mother (age 65)
My mother's father (age 65)
My mother's brother (age 54)

Remember, heart attacks are now known to be primarily the result of sudden plaque ruptures at artery sites that would not cause you to fail a stress test of any kind. Know your risk factors, talk to your doc about heart scans to discover "hidden" plaque!

Happy New Year!


peacerose1954 2011-01-09 00:17:44 -0600 Report

thanks for the info…it's scary when you lose most your family to heart disease and the problem's it add's to everyday life