Family History Reveals Early Risk of Heart Disease

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A major new study finds that if you had a parent or sibling die of heart disease before age 60, you are twice as likely to be diagnosed with heart trouble of your own before age 50 compared to people without that family history.

Having a grandparent die early also raised the risk although not as much.

Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan has increased awareness of the issue since his father and grandfather died early of heart disease.

FOX 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean talked with Dr. Tracy Stevens of St. Luke's Hospital about the importance of knowing your family history and what you can do to lower your risk.

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