Age and family history

Family History

Your family history of heart disease is a strong indicator of your own personal risk. If anyone from your family members has suffered from heart disease before the age of 60, you are at a greater risk of developing heart disease. While you can’t change your family’s background, you can reduce your risk by making healthy lifestyle changes.

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As you get older, your risk of heart disease increases. This is due to the stiffening of heart muscles which makes the heart less efficient in pumping blood around the body. You can find out your heart age by using this tool, developed by the British Heart Foundation: