Parent's heart problems can affect children's risk

January 26, 2011 2:29:13 PM PST
If your parents have a history of heart disease, that's going to almost double your risk of also getting heart disease, according to a new study that found this to be true no matter your ethnicity or home country.

Previous studies have confirmed the relationship between family history and a person's own risk, but this new study suggests that the effect of family history is about the same in cultures around the world.

The new findings from the INTERHEART study also found, even if you change your behavior to a healthier pattern, while helpful, it isn't guaranteed to protect you completely.

Researchers say this underscores the importance of family history as a risk factor.