Familial Health Issues In My Family

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There are a number of familial health issues that run on both of my parents ' sides of my family. On my mother 's side cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, and diabetes seem to be common issues. On my dad 's side cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and gout are prevalent ( records on my dad 's side of the family only go up to my grandparents due to lack of clear records) My grandfather (dad 's side)also passed away from an aneurysm, but we are unsure as to whether or not if this was genetic or not and my grandmother (dad 's side) hadn 't been to a doctor since she was pregnant with her last child fifty years ago. Cardiovascular disease is prevalent on both sides of my family. Also …show more content…
High blood pressure is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. High blood pressure can damage your arteries through artery narrowing or aneurism; can damage your heart through coronary artery disease, enlarged left heart, or heart failure; can damage your brain through transient ischemic attack, stroke, dementia, or mild cognitive impairment; and can damage your kidneys through kidney failure, kidney scarring, or kidney artery aneurism. Risk factors of high blood pressure include age, race, family history, obesity, lack of exercise, tobacco use, too mush salt in your diet, too much alcohol in your diet, too little potassium in your diet, too little vitamin D in your diet, stress, and certain chronic conditions like sleep apnea. Ways to prevent high blood pressure include work with your health care provider to find a treatment plan that 's right for you, eat whole-grain breads and cereals, try herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods, check food labels and choose foods with less than 400 mg of sodium per serving, lose weight or take steps to prevent weight gain, limit alcohol consumption and consult your health care provider about whether it is safe to drink alcohol at all, if you smoke, get help to quit, ask your health care provider about medications to help reduce high blood pressure. My dad has it and most of my mom 's side has high blood pressure, and luckily neither my mom or I have high blood pressure, but we have to check and monitor our blood pressure constantly due to family

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