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I'm 24 years old and I have a strong family history of heart diseas. For instance, my dad, grandma, grandpa, and uncles all have died from heart disease. I was wondering if i should go in for a EKG and blood test?
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Hello, I am not a doctor or anything, but I would suggest that you stay up to date on your physicals and explain to your dr. that your family has a strong heart disease history. He or she may decide, that if your having symptoms of heart disease or if you have something that may turn into heart disease (such as high cholesterol- high blood pressure) than you may need to be treated or monitored closely. I do not have a high heart disease history in my family and I just found out that I have three leaky heart valves and I am on propranolol and baby asprin. I am only 30yrs. old. So I would just be sure that you talk to your dr. at your next physical. Good Luck to you.
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    I doubt at your age much could be learned from an EKG unless you have symptoms. It would be important to have this discussion with your primary care physician and learn as much as you can about prevention of heart disease.  
   If you manage your cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as eat a heart healthy diet and exercise, you can do a great deal to improve your life expectancy.  
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