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Family Ties: Early Cardiac Events Pose Major & Different Risks in Close Relatives

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Photo: Alex Dolce, Florida Atlantic University

Family history of early cardiac events in first-degree relatives such as a parent or sibling is a major risk factor, especially for premature events. Currently, data on risks in close relatives of patients with a family history of premature heart attacks, chronic stable angina, or peripheral vascular disease are sparse.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt College of Medicine in collaboration with an international team of leading scientists in Italy, the United Kingdom, and Poland, assembled a consecutive series of 230 patients with premature onset of heart attacks, strokes, angina or ...