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The Telltale Heart

A new study shows that heart problems in your brother or sister may be a better predictor of your future health than your parent's health history.

Researchers say you're 45 percent more likely to have a heart attack if you have a sibling with cardiovascular disease.

Heart experts in Valdosta are not surprised by the study, and they hope it makes more people aware of a potential, treatable problem.

Dr. Trey Powell, chief of cardiology at SGMC says, "There's not a whole lot we can do about their family history, but if this kind of study raises awareness that people need to address the risk factors that doctors can do something about, then I think that's a great thing."

But Dr. Powell also warns that even if your siblings have a health heart history, you should still keep an eye on other risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.


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