Washington: Family history is one of the strongest predictors of heart disease, according to an expert."If you look at how heart disease occurs, about 80 percent takes place in people with a strong family history," said University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Epidemiology Professor and Chair Donna Arnett.Arnett, who is serving as the president of the American Heart Association (AHA), said this message goes hand in hand with following the AHA`s "Life`s Simple 7": getting active, controlling cholesterol, eating better, managing blood pressure, losing weight, reducing blood sugar and quitting smoking."Though we know those seven major factors, we still don`t completely know all of the causes of heart disease. But with a family history, even in the absence of those risk factors, heart disease is still possible. It`s important to know family history," Arnett said.
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