Some heart conditions can be genetic.

Inherited heart conditions are passed on through families and are caused by a change (or mutation) in one or more of our genes. There are many types of inherited heart conditions, including:
  • Cardiomyopathy: An abnormality of the heart muscle making it harder for the heart to pump blood to the body
  • Arrhythmia: An abnormality of the heart rhythm causing the heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly
  • Arteriopathy: Problems with the structure of the arteries in many parts of the body, including the hear
  • Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH): Causes very high cholesterol from a young age and makes you more likely to get coronary heart disease.

Heart disease is caused by a combination of factors.

About one third of all US adults will develop heart disease during their lifetime.1 Most cases of heart disease are due to a combination of lifestyle choices, but some are due to genetics.

  • Unhealthy diet
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking and drinking
  • Your genetics

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