Digging into your genetic risks for heart disease may not sound all that thrilling…

But heart disease is the number one cause of death. Common sense dictates that you should look at your genetic risk factors for heart disease and do what you can to mitigate the risk.

Take 5 minutes and check out these three articles:

  1. Check to see if you carry the Lp(a) variant that is linked to ‘widow maker’ heart attacks. 
  2. See if your cholesterol levels and PCSK9 genetic variants are protecting you from heart disease.
  3. Will a baby aspirin prevent heart disease for YOU?

 

Recent articles in the Heart Disease category:

C-Reactive Protein Gene: Marker of Inflammation - Chronic inflammation is the driver of many common diseases such as heart attacks, diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune diseases. Measuring C-reactive protein (CRP) through a simple blood test is one way to know if you have Read more…
Prothrombin and DVT - You wake up one morning with a pain in your leg, trying to think back as to what you did the previous day to cause it.  Then you notice that your leg is a little Read more…
Factor V Leiden - Say you are chopping up peppers for your morning omelet and slip with the knife. Ouch! While cutting your finger seems to produce a huge amount of blood compared to the size of the wound, the Read more…
The cheese effect and your genes. - Subtitled: Let’s all try not to have a heart attack this Christmas! Let me set the scene: You’re gathered ’round on Christmas Eve for a get together with all of your family, having traveled from far and Read more…
PCSK9 Gene Variants and Cholesterol - The PCSK9 gene codes for an enzyme that is involved in cholesterol transport.  It binds to LDL particles which transport fat molecules, including cholesterol, throughout the body. LDL particles bind to LDL receptors which allows Read more…
Low HDL Cholesterol Levels Can Be Genetic - HDL cholesterol is known as the ‘good’ cholesterol. A study in the late 1970’s known as the Framingham Study determined that higher levels of HDL cholesterol were protective against heart disease. This is one of Read more…
Heart disease, cancer, diabetes: A gene that ties together the “Big 3” - When it comes to chronic diseases, the Big 3 are heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Heart disease is the number one killer in the US, with cancer a close second. Diabetes numbers are increasing Read more…
Mediterranean Diet and Your Genes - This website is all about how your genes make a difference in your body’s response to dietary choices.  Some people are awesome at breaking down dietary carbohydrates; others are champs at converting carrots into vitamin Read more…
Should I Take Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease? - Everyone knows that aspirin protects against heart disease, right? Well, it turns out that aspirin may only protect some people from heart disease, and for others, it can actually slightly increase the risk of heart disease. Read more…
Lipoprotein(a): A big genetic risk for heart disease - It is often tempting to think that people who exercise, are thin, and look healthy are at a low risk for heart disease. But beneath all the healthiness can lurk a genetically driven risk factor Read more…
Saturated Fat and Your Genes - There has been a decades-long debate about which type of fat is best: saturated fat or polyunsaturated fat. Those in the paleo and ketogenic world are quick to tout the benefits of saturated fat; the Read more…
Interaction between high fat diet, blood pressure, and your genes - Wondering if you should cut down on red meat and fat to lower your blood pressure? According to a new study, it could depend on your genes. A recent study in the Journal of the Read more…
Building Up Iron: Check your genes to see how iron affects your health - Hemochromatosis is a fairly common genetic disease that causes iron to build up in the body. Knowing that you carry the genetic variants for hemochromatosis can literally add years to your life since you can Read more…
Thiamine – Genetic Variations in Need for B1 - Thiamine (thiamin), also known as vitamin B1, is a water-soluble vitamin that serves as a cofactor in the metabolism of carbohydrates, branch chain amino acids, and fatty acids.  It is essential and needed in the Read more…
Vitamin C Levels and Your Genes - As the weather here turns colder, thoughts turn to preventing colds and the flu.  My “go to” method of preventing sickness has always been by loading up on vitamin C, even though recent studies haven’t Read more…
Adiponectin levels, food choices, and genetics - Adiponectin, a hormone discovered in the 1990’s, is secreted by adipose (fat) tissue.  It is an anti-inflammatory protein, protective against the effects of low-grade inflammation that are associated with obesity. Although it is made in adipose tissue, Read more…
Omega-3 vs. Omega-6: polyunsaturated fats and your genes - Butter is evil. Butter is the best! Only cook with Canola oil. Wait — everyone switch back to saturated fats. Olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, cold pressed, expeller pressed….  is palm oil now good? Read more…
Coffee: Is it right for your genes? - Coffee — is it good or bad for you? Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, second only to tea! It is sometimes controversial due to its caffeine content. Large, population-wide studies Read more…
Genetics of Cholesterol Levels - Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and around the world, and hand-in-hand with heart disease goes the often demonized cholesterol.  Standard medical advice on ideal cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease is Read more…


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