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What should I do if I have a family history of heart disease?

Family history of heart disease is an important risk factor for developing the condition. Family history of heart valve disease is a good reason to see your doctor.

A family history of heart disease is one of many risk factors related to the development of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Routine cholesterol testing should be done on a periodic basis. Modification of other risk factors is also recommended. These other risk factors include cigarette abuse, hypertension and diabetes.

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