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Half of adults never talk about their medical history

Half of adults never talk about their medical history
12th January 2016

New research has suggested that many people in the UK are not talking about their medical history with their family, ITV News reports.

The statistics from the British Heart Foundation show that more than half of adults are not talking about potentially life-changing conditions with their family. By not having these conversations, people could be putting their loved ones at risk of going years without getting a diagnosis or effective treatment.

Research found that many people are not talking about whether heart disease runs in their family, despite 80 per cent of adults wanting to know if they were at an increased risk of this.

Cardiovascular disease increases a person's risk of suffering from life-threatening conditions such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, heart failure and stroke.

However, the figures from the British Heart Foundation show that 51 per cent of adults have never discussed their family medical history with their loved ones. This was despite more than a third (38 per cent) being worried that a relative could develop a condition that runs in the family.

One of the main reasons why people avoid talking about their health with their family is because they don't want to seem like they are prying into someone's private life (16 per cent).

This could not only be putting the health of loved ones at risk, but could also be denying them an opportunity to make positive changes to their lifestyle and decrease their risk of heart disease.

The research found that more than half of those surveyed (53 per cent) said talking to their family would inspire them to make changes to their health to protect against heart disease.

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: " As a GP it is vital I know the details of any family history of disease when making an assessment and diagnose with one of my patients."

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