Unfortunately, our heritage can increase our risk of developing many different health issues. This includes the development of the antiphospholipid syndrome. Research about how genetics relates to the antiphospholipid syndrome is still in the early stages. However, current research seems to show that the genes that you have inherited from your parents play a role in developing this syndrome.
APS is not passed directly from the parents to the children as some other conditions are such as sickle cell anemia or hemophilia. However, having a member of your family that has antiphospholipid antibodies can increase the chance of your immune system producing them as well. Genetic studies have shown that people who have APS have a gene that is faulty and plays a role in other types of autoimmune conditions. This could explain why some people who develop APS also develop other immune system conditions as well.