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Do I need to be checked
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Do I need to be checked

My dad recently passed away, the coroner said it was a massive heart attack but that my dad also had a enlarged heart, my dad was only 58 and I'm only 32, do I need to see a doctor to check if my heart is ok , is it something that could run in the family, don't wanna panic for no reason but do I need to get it checked incase , thankyou
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My condolences on the death of your father.  Given his young age of 58 at the time of his death, there is likely a familial component to his coronary disease.  Family history of coronary disease usually refers to onset before age 55, but some studies have correlated familial disease with coronary-related death before age 60.  You should have your primary care doctor do some initial screening including blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes test.  You should find a doctor you trust and follow closely with them.  Best of luck.
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It would be worth getting checked out by your primary care doctor.  The three most important metrics are blood pressure cholesterol and glucose. I'm 50 and have a family history of heart disease and have done a considerable amount of research this past year.  Modern medicine will tell you that a lot of it is genetic, but that is not necessarily true.  The inherited tendancy is only a predisposition and it doesn't necessarily dictate the outcome.  Many of these conditions results from various external factors.  Lifestyle is probably more important as is diet.  I would probably also ask for an LpA test if cholesterol levels are questionable as it is a genetic risk factor not altered by diet or exercise.
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