Cardiovascular genetics is VERY important. Up to 15% of heart disease is hereditary (meaning that the risk for heart conditions is passed through families from one generation to the next).
Having at least one genetic risk factor for a cardiovascular disease impacts your entire family, not just you! Family members who could be at risk of having the same genetic risk factor(s) include your children, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and more distant relatives. Your family members could have a 50%, or 1 in 2, chance to inherit some of these genetic risk factors!