Half of adults have never talked about their family history of heart disease

8 January 2016        

Category: BHF Comment

Wear it Beat it WIBI 2016

Millions of adults have never spoken to their loved ones about health conditions that run in the family, according to new statistics. 

Eight out of ten people say they would want to know if heart disease ran in their family. Yet our statistics show nearly half of UK adults have never discussed their family medical history with their loved ones, even though almost two fifths of us worry that a relative could develop a condition that runs in their family. 
Having a family history of cardiovascular disease can put you at increased risk of life-threatening conditions such as coronary heart diseaseheart attackheart failure and stroke.


Wear red to help fund research

We're calling on people to put themselves in the picture about their family history of cardiovascular disease, and join the nation to Wear it. Beat it. on Friday 5 February.

By wearing red and holding your own fundraising event you can help power life saving research to revolutionise the way we prevent and treat cardiovascular disease which blights so many families.

BHF researcher Professor Sir Nilesh Samani is leading the research to identify the genes hidden in family trees which could increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. He said; "Identifying the faulty genes which increase our risk of cardiovascular disease is imperative if we are to help stop these conditions devastating future generations. We’ve already identified 50 genetic changes which contribute to a raised risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack. 

"The findings will pave the way for new ways of treating and preventing this disease whose consequences are often devastating not only for the individual but the family."

Sign up to Wear it. Beat it. 

Since 2009 the campaign has raised over £6million towards new cardiovascular science. Last year more than an incredible 23,000 people took part in Wear it. Beat it. and we want even more of you to get involved this year to help raise £1million for life saving research. Sign up and get a free fundraising pack.