Similar traits and habits that can increase your risk of developing the same condition as a close family member include:
Environment – living in an area with a high level of air pollution
Lifestyle – smoking, being physically inactive or being stressed
Diet – having excess weight or having more than the daily recommended intake of salt, sugar, fat and alcohol.
A heart attack is a life-threatening condition that the NHS calls a “serious medical emergency”. It occurs when the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a condition known for forming blood clots. The disease causes your coronary arteries to become narrowed by a gradual build-up of fatty deposits called atheroma.
If a piece of atheroma breaks off, a blood clot forms around this to try and repair the damage to the artery wall. As well as a heart attack, CHD can also cause angina and heart failure.