Family history

Heart problems can run in the family

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What does family history have to do with heart disease?

A family history of a disease is another way of saying that ‘it runs in the family’.

Having a family history does not necessarily mean you will develop heart disease, but it can increase the probability of you developing heart disease in the future.

About family history

In this video, Dr Ahmed Elghamaz explains what you need to know about family history and heart disease.
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Supplementary information about family history

Here, we’ve summarised the most important points about family history

A family history of a disease is another way of saying that ‘it runs in the family’.

You have what’s called a strong family history of heart disease if:

  • Your father or brother were under the age of 55 when they were diagnosed

or

  • Your mother or sister were under the age of 65 when they were diagnosed.

If you have a family history of heart disease, you’re at higher risk of developing conditions like coronary heart disease and having a heart attack or stroke.

Having a family history does not necessarily mean you will develop heart disease, but it can increase the probability of you developing heart disease in the future.

If you have a strong family history of heart disease you should take earlier steps to reduce the probability of developing heart disease later on in life.

We would suggest that you have the Many Beats Complete as it will get you the reassurance and support you need to live a long and healthy life.

The Many Beats Complete is a comprehensive package of specialised tests designed to investigate your health and to rule out or diagnose any health conditions with a high degree of certainty.

The Many Beats Complete includes:

  • A consultation with a consultant cardiologist
  • A 24hr ambulatory BP recorder to monitor your blood pressure over a 24 hour period.
  • Blood tests to check your cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, kidney function, and your full blood count
  • A 24hr ECG to assess your heart rhythm
  • An ultrasound scan of your heart, called an echocardiogram
  • A CT scan of your heart and arteries to look for any signs of narrowing or blockages in the arteries
  • A stress echocardiogram which assesses the blood flow to the heart muscle and also looks for blockages in the coronary arteries to your heart
  • Occasionally we may need to do an MRI scan of the heart which looks in more detail at the heart muscle and the function of the heart.

Treatment

Once you have received your Many Beats Complete results, we will review them with you on the same day.

If we find a problem we will start you on a personalised treatment plan immediately.

Not everyone needs treatment. The decision to commence treatment is based upon your overall “risk” score, which we can calculate from your Many Beats Complete assessment.

Treatment approaches usually involve one or a combination of the following:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medication
  • Medical procedures or surgery

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More information on heart disease

We’ve produced many informative videos and blog posts so you can educate yourself about heart disease risk factors, symptoms, tests and treatments.

Read more about heart disease

Educate yourself further about your heart health by reading the links below

To learn more about cardiovascular disease, including the causes and prevention techniques, click here.

The NHS has an informative write-up on cardiovascular diseases, which can be found here.

A great test that tells the myths and facts about your heart health can be found here.

If you would like an excellent overview of the symptoms of heart attacks, please click here.

If you would like to learn more about all the types of heart diseases, please click here for more information.

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About the cardiologists

The Many Beats team consists of not one, but four highly experienced consultant cardiologists

Dr Navtej Chahal

Consultant Cardiologist

PhD FESC FACC

Navtej is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at the London Northwest NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London having qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2001. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London

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Dr Navin Chandra

Consultant Cardiologist

MD, MRCP, MBBS, BSc

Navin is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’s in 2004...

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Dr Ahmed Elghamaz

Consultant Cardiologist

FRCP, MB BCh

Ahmed is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at Northwick Park Hospital and London North West Healthcare University Hospitals NHS Trust and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He completed his junior…

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Dr Joban Sehmi

Consultant Cardiologist

BSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

Joban is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. His NHS practice is at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust. He sees patients privately at Spire in Bushey and Bishops Wood Hospital in Northwood. He trained in medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ medical school and qualified in 2003 with numerous academic awards…

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