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Family history of heart attacks should not be ignored: Experts

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Having a family history of increases the risk of developing coronary disease, angina, attack, failure and

Therefore, it is imperative to not ignore a family history of or in general.

Research indicates that siblings with one parent that had experienced a were 48% more likely to have one. Those with two parents with history of were nearly six times more likely to have a heart attack.

Speaking about the same, Dr K K Aggarwal, Heart Care Foundation of (HCFI) and Immediate Past National (IMA), said, "The warning signs of a heart attack include chest discomfort, upper body pain, Most people experience an unusual feeling that begins at the center of the chest and radiates out."

He added, "The discomfort, which can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, can last for more than a few minutes or go away and come back. Sometimes people have discomfort or in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Women, just like men, commonly experience chest or discomfort when a heart attack strikes and are more likely than men to suffer other symptoms, such as Timely consultation with a doctor and treatment at this stage can avert the onset of in many cases, which may be potentially life-threatening in some cases."

When a plaque in a heart artery breaks, a forms around the plaque. This can block the blood flow through the heart muscle. When the heart muscle is starved for oxygen and nutrients, it is called ischemia. Damage or death of part of the heart muscle due to ischemia is called a heart attack.

Dr added, "Those with a family history of heart attack should begin taking preventive measures and precautions at a very early stage. This includes eating a heart-healthy diet composed of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and omega-3 fatty acids; regular physical activity; and quitting smoking or drinking."

To live above the age of 80 without a heart attack, one needs to have ideal parameters and lifestyle. Both can be remembered with the formula of 80.

It is advisable to maintain fasting blood sugar (FBS) (mg%), fasting low-density lipoprotein (LDL) bad cholesterol (mg/dL), diastolic lower blood pressure (mm Hg), resting heart rate, and abdominal girth (cm) all below 80. Apart one should also keep the kidney and ling functions above 80.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 14:15 IST