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Heart disease: All in the family history

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Is heart disease in your genes? And if so, can you do anything about it?

Cardiovascular disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of men, and while strides have been made to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, one area that remains elusive is genetics.

"Your family medical history is a key, but complex, risk factor for heart disease," says Dr. Pradeep Natarajan, a cardiologist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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