Creating a Family Health History

Frequently Asked Questions

5. What are some common health problems that run in families?

Common health problems that can run in a family include

  • Alzheimer's disease/dementia
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • blood clots
  • cancer
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • pregnancy losses and birth defects
  • stroke.

Learn more about the importance of family history in some of these health problems at “Diseases, Genetics and Family History.” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)