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Family History and Heart Disease

Dr. Heath Saltzman, a cardiologist at Drexel Medicine, explains how family history affects heart disease.


Having a family member who had premature or early heart problems definitely increases the risk that the patient could have heart problems him or herself. So we look at that along with a patient’s individual risk factors – things like does the patient have high blood pressure? Is the patient a smoker? Does the patient have diabetes? And put all those risk factors together to determine an individual patient’s risk. And, based on that we can determine if any further testing or work up is needed to evaluate.

Drexel Cardiology

Drexel Cardiology provides outstanding heart care and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic and testing equipment, while adhering to the highest standards of patient care. Our cardiologists specialize in heart attack, heart disease, peripheral artery disease, irregular heartbeats and advanced heart failure. Drexel Cardiology also offers comprehensive risk assessment to those who wish to prevent cardiac disease before symptoms arise.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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