Find out which common health conditions could be genetic.
By Toni Gasparis
When doctors ask you to fill out a form with all the diseases and conditions your family members may have, it’s not without reason. Knowing about your family history can really help you live a healthier life. The more aware you are of health conditions and diseases that are in your family, the more your doctor can help you take preventative measures to stay healthy. Read on to find out what health conditions are inherited.
Unfortunately, heart disease is a condition that doesn’t usually get diagnosed until you have a heart attack. Therefore, it is important to know if you have a family history of heart disease so you can look out for symptoms and see a cardiologist for a check-up. A history of heart disease can increase your risk of heart disease in general, but that risk increases even more if a close family member developed this condition at an early age. Symptoms of heart problems that could indicate you need to see a doctor include fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain.