Caring for the hearts of Central Texas Since 1971

(254) 399-5400

Caring for the Hearts of Central Texas Since 1971 (254) 399-5400


Endocarditis is an infection in the inner lining of your heart. Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs enter the body, through the mouth for example, and spread to the heart through the bloodstream. This can damage heart valves and cause other complications if left untreated. While serious, endocarditis rarely takes place in people with healthy hearts and can be effectively managed by your cardiologist. Family history of heart disease Heart disease that typically implies coronary artery disease which is the most common type of cardiovascular disease in the US. Other types of heart disease such as congestive heart failure (including cardiomyopathy), heart valve disease, or atrial fibrillation are not usually included although more evidence is suggesting some degree of genetic predisposition to each of these types of heart problems. When referring to family history, the traditional definition, is if a first-degree male relative (e.g. father, brother) has suffered a heart attack before the age of 55, or if a first-degree female relative has suffered one before the age of 65, you are at greater risk of developing heart disease. Family history is a risk factor that is part of a spectrum rather than being a black-and-white situation.  A parent with an early-age heart attack should be a red flag for their children. For instance, if both of your parents have suffered from heart disease before the age of 55, your risk of developing heart disease can rise to 50% compared to the general population. You can protect yourself by taking care of your heart, as the development of cardiovascular disease involves many different factors, not only your family history. 
Whereas family history indicates a genetic predisposition to heart attack, it also means that you may be genetically vulnerable to developing other risk factors, like a cholesterol abnormality, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure — all of which can create a predisposition to heart disease. If you do have a strong family history of heart attacks, particularly at a young age, it’s in your best interest to make sure your blood pressure is under control and get your cholesterol checked.

Our Central Texas Locations

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Waco Cardiology Associates
7125 New Sanger Avenue, Ste. A
Waco, TX 76712
Clifton Medical Clinic
201 Posey Ave
Clifton, Texas 76634
Coryell Specialty Clinic
1507 W Main St.
Gatesville, Texas 76528
Family Practice Rural Health Clinic
303 North Brown
Hamilton, Texas 76531
Hill Regional Hospital
1323 East Franklin Street, Suite 103
Hillsboro, Texas 76645
Parkview Rural Health Clinic
514 S. Bonham, Suite B
Mexia, Texas 76667
Lake Whitney Physicians Clinic
202 East Jefferson
Whitney, Texas 76692
Limestone Family Medicine Center
701 McClintic Drive
Groesbeck, Texas 76642