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Family health tree

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AnninGlos Report 15 Dec 2012 16:24

Has anyone else ever drawn one up? Just finished doing mine. Hand drew it though, back to Great Grandparents. Looking at it I think I had better watch my heart as heart problems seem to have been the main causes of death. :-(


~Lynda~ Report 15 Dec 2012 16:30

I've vaguely done one Ann, and it's surprising what you can find, I've also looked into different branches of the family and can see some patterns, of where a particular condition comes from, it's very interesting to do.


AnninGlos Report 15 Dec 2012 16:32

Probably very useful too if the doctor wants to check something out.


SheilaWestWilts Report 15 Dec 2012 16:52

I already have regular blood pressure checks, ECG, etc. thanks to my Dad's side. Perhaps I've inherited Mum's 'circulation', she's 89 and not on any medication!!

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 15 Dec 2012 17:49

Yes I have a bad heart, dad and several ancestors suffered same. What I found interesting in same family, through war records 3 ancestors had deformities of their feet, would love to be able to go back further.


 Sue In Yorkshire.

Sue In Yorkshire. Report 15 Dec 2012 18:01

I had to do a health tree in 2009,took quite a while but it didn't show up anything medical for the person who had died young.


Annx Report 15 Dec 2012 18:16

Yes, that was one of my motivations for doing my tree Ann. One side of the family long lived and the other not!! At the moment I am still tracking dates of death to try and see which branch brought the shorter lifespans.

Carol, that is very interesting as I had an uncle with a foot deformity and way back there is a Romany link that side of the family which is very hard to trace ancestors for. A likely brother of the Romany ancestor had a son who was a gipsy violinist who was said to have some kind of foot deformity. It did add a bit of weight to the liklihood of him being a rellie and I wondered whether it might be genetic.

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 15 Dec 2012 18:36

Annx that is what I thought, to find three ancestors from same family must stem back from ancestors.

Carol :-S

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 16 Dec 2012 08:35

Yes, I have done one.
Out of curiosity I wanted to know what my most likely cause of death would be. And the common traits are heart problems and senility. Oh deep joy for me :-D
But they all lived to a good age.


Cynthia Report 16 Dec 2012 08:47

That's a really good idea Ann.... :-D

I'm interested in genetic links to certain conditions too.

We have autism my OH's family which I can trace back to the early 1900's simply from heresay. There is also heart disease in that family too.

We seem to have fibromyalgia - MS etc. on my side.

When the nurse at our docs took my blood pressure a few months ago, she couldn't get over how good it was........seems it is akin to a person of 15-20!!!

Most of my lot seemed to go till their late 80's and 90's - with just a couple of exceptions.

Thank you for planting that idea in my noddle! :-D


KenSE Report 16 Dec 2012 09:34

In the nineteenth century my lot seemed to die from either old age/senility/decay or phthisis/TB. In the twentieth none of the causes are that simple.

I am a bit worried by one who died from water on the chest. Perhaps I should avoid baths and showers. :-)


Sharron Report 16 Dec 2012 09:54

Narcissistic Personality Disorder runs through my mothers family like lead through a pencil and, as for my paternal grandmothers side,well, my stroke should be here any time soon!

Her grandfather died by falling out of a tree at the age of 64. I don't think that was genetic!


AnninGlos Report 16 Dec 2012 09:56

KenSe :-D

Although heart problems are rife both sides of the family, with the exception of a couple where other factors came into play, most lived to a good age. Interesting that my Paternal Grandfather and Great Grandfather both died aged 70, the first from Disseminated sclerosis of spinal cord and the second of 1. angina, 2, coronory artery occlusion, 3. arteriosclerosis. And my father lived until he was 93 when he died from cerebrovascular disease and congestive heart failure.

Strangely my paternal Grandmother and Great Grandmother both died aged 78 both from 1. heart (or cardiac) failure and 2. valvular disease of heart.

And I am on medication for BP and on statins.


maggiewinchester Report 16 Dec 2012 10:43

...I can just imagine my poor doctor, if I went in and insisted on a checkfor X, Y or Z , as I'm showing some of th symptoms, and my gx4 grandmothers on both sides died from it :-D


AnninGlos Report 16 Dec 2012 14:55

Not sure what you mean Maggie? Are you saying a family health tree is not a good idea? It was suggested in a recent Yours magazine as a tool to knowing where the 'dangers' lie in your health.Awareness is important. And I am sure my doctor would be interested if I went to him with symptoms mirrored by those suffered by parents/grandparents etc.


GoldenGirl1 Report 16 Dec 2012 15:19

What a good idea, never thought about it Ann. :-)

On the to do list, will also check out OH side.

Emma x