Yes, some of us are at greater risk for heart disease than others. But modern cardiac technologies and treatment have come a long way in helping decrease the probability that our genes create our heart-health destiny. If you have a family history of cardiovascular disease, it is important to be proactive when it comes to mitigating risk. Lifestyle choices and changes can have a profoundly positive impact on your health. Understanding your genetic makeup is a huge benefit to you as a patient, but you must leverage that information as a tool and starting point in shaping your destiny.

According to the Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, coronary artery disease (CAD) is largely preventable. And the challenge to prevent CAD in the 21st century, is off to a great start, including predisposing scenarios such as genes.

The fact that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States makes it clear that most of us have a family history, or some genetic risk for heart disease. Are we able to overcome, to a certain extent, our genetic risk of heart disease?

A study of 55,000 people published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2016 found that both genetics and lifestyle contribute to the risk of coronary artery disease. While it could not pinpoint to what extent genetic risk can be offset by healthy lifestyle choices, it concluded they do.

Lifestyle modifications for those who are genetically pre-disposed to heart disease are not as difficult as many people believe. In fact, they are good choices for everyone to integrate into their lives, to avoid any number of illnesses, and to help them live into maturity in a much healthier manner and in a way that allows them to continue to enthusiastically engage with life and thrive.

Whether you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or wish to minimize your risk factors, Abella Heart works with you to assist your exploration of a range of treatment and prevention options, so you can identify the choices that are best for you. We offer a wide array of services, including home sleep studies, 24-hour Holter monitor, cardiac and vascular ultrasounds, and stress tests.

Visit Abella Heart for the most comprehensive cardiovascular care in Miami. Implement the steps of prevention and get treated for heart disease in a comfortable and safe setting, with a physician and team who care and treat you as a whole person. Contact us to learn how we can meet your specific medical needs.