JAN 21, 2019 12:20 PM PST

A Family History of Heart Disease Doesn't Spell Doom

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

People with a family history of heart attacks are not destined to have one themselves. Sure, genetic risk factors play a significant role in the development of cardiovascular disease, but there are other influences at work. Lifestyle choices are still a major cause of heart problems, although of course, genetics may also have an impact on what kind of choices people make.

Related: Study Reveals Why Diets Rich in Red Meat Increase Heart Disease Risk

The Mayo Clinic advises people to form habits that will benefit them. Staying active, eating the right foods and not smoking can help prevent diseases that may otherwise be much more likely in certain people.

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