My Dad was diagnosed with a rare disease called Polycythemia. Basically, it meant his body produced far too many red blood cells and was too thick, resulting in heart attacks and stokes. Expert docs told Mom that it’s almost entirely a male disease, so none of his daughters are at risk. Incidentally, Dad had a massive heart attack at 39, a stroke at 53, and a fatal heart attack at 62. The docs said they suspected the same disease caused the relatively early deaths (50-ish) of his father and grandfather, too.
What I’d like to know is this: is my son (his grandson) at risk for this disease? All of the research I’ve found is either inconclusive or way over my head with medical terminology. Might I have passed on a gender-specific, recessive trait to my kid? And is there any way to find out before he reaches adulthood and has medical problems?