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Basic History

Family History

February 15th, 2021


  • Ask About

  • Any conditions in the family
  • If passed, what their family members passed away due to
  • Specific Conditions to Ask About

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Cancers
  • For Each Condition

  • How many people in the family affected
  • How old they were when diagnosed
  • If passed, how old they were when they passed away
  • If a genetic condition - whether the patient or anyone else in the family has been tested
It is often helpful to draw a pedigree chart to visualise the relationship between those affected by the condition.
  • Commonly Inherited Conditions

  • Genetic conditions - thalassaemia, sickle cell anaemia, haemophilia, cystic fibrosis
  • Cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune disease
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