Question: Should I get tested if I have a family history of heart attack?
Answer: A family history is something your doctor will ask you about, particularly if he finds out that someone in your family has premature coronary disease.
By that I mean a brother or sister who developed heart disease at a young age, or your father or your mother might have had heart disease at an early age.
We know, for instance, that cholesterol is a potential risk factor for coronary artery disease. If your father had high cholesterol, you run a 50-50 chance of also having high cholesterol.
So family history is very important to assess as one of the risk factors for coronary artery disease.