(1) I understand that Stress is listed as a risk factor for potential heart trouble, however the term "Stress" has a broad meaning. When this is referred to as a risk factor, does that pertain to the Type A personality, always uptight individual, as opposed to someone like me that is treating for anxiety/panic disorder? I'm normally laid back, not Type A at all, but I have this demon called panic disorder that I tame with meds and therapy. Would I fall into the "Stress risk factor ?"
(2) As far as family history, they usually ask if a parent had a MI or stroke before age 60. My Dad had a TIA at age 72, no lasting effects, and treated successfully with carotid surgery. At age 77, he had heart block, and again treated successfully with a pacemaker and doing well 1 year later. No MI, no full stroke, no angina......is this still considered a family risk factor for me? Thanks-Jerry