Heart disease risk may be all in the family
It's not just your genes; habits and attitudes also run in the family.
Heart disease is not exactly the same in the two sexes. Women develop the condition later in life; their symptoms are often different from men's or more subtle; and they are affected more by certain risk factors, such as high levels of triglycerides (a fat in the blood). But women and men also share many risk factors for heart disease, and one of the most important is family history.