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Familial Heart Diseases

Family History One of Most Important Risk Factors

Family history is one of the most important risk factors for coronary artery disease or atherosclerosis. Many studies have found a two-to-threefold increase in risk for  coronary artery disease in those with a first-degree relative with the condition.


At the same time, there are a number of  arrhythmias -- conditions involving irregular heartbeats -- that are congenital in nature. These include:


In addition, several types of cardiomyopathy -- a disease of the heart muscle -- also run in families. These include:

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215