Heart Disease, Family Health History, and Familial Hypercholesterolemia

a African American multi-generational family

Having a family health history of heart disease makes you more likely to develop heart disease yourself. In some cases, having family members with heart disease at a young age (age 50 or younger) can be a sign of familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disorder that causes high cholesterol. Take time to collect your family health history of heart disease and share this information with your doctor and other family members. Your doctor can help you take steps to lower your chances of having heart disease.