Elvis' daughter: genetic predisposition? Lisa Marie Presley's family has a history of heart disease

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of rock 'n' roll legend Elvis, was hospitalized on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Elvis' daughter: genetic predisposition? Lisa Marie Presley's family has a history of heart disease

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of rock 'n' roll legend Elvis, was hospitalized on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest. The cause of death is still unknown as the toxicology report is pending. However, there were heart problems in Presley's family that went back generations. They might have played a role.

Lisa Marie's father Elvis died on August 16, 1977 at just 42 years old. She was only nine years old then. The Washington Post reported at the time that Elvis' cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia with ventricular fibrillation. That is, the heart sleeps irregularly and then stops. The autopsy at the time indicated that there were three possible factors that could have led to his death: an enlarged heart, a blockage in the coronary arteries, or high blood pressure. In addition to an opiate addiction.

But the heart disease in the Presley family didn't stop there: Elvis' mother, Gladys Love Presley, died of heart failure in 1958 at the age of just 46. Vernon Presley, Lisa Marie's grandfather, died of cardiac arrest in 1979 at the age of 63.

When families have a history of heart disease, the offspring are more likely to develop heart disease. Many types of heart disease can be inherited, especially if one parent develops the disease at a young age.

On Tuesday, Lisa Marie Presley made her last appearance at the Golden Globe Awards. On Thursday morning, the musician was hospitalized because of a possible cardiac arrest. Her mother eventually announced her death. In her statement, Priscilla Presley said: "It is with a heavy heart that I share the devastating news that our beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has passed away."

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