Heart Health

Your genetic data can help you find out more about your susceptibility to heart disease. Whether you have a family history of heart problems or just want to optimize your health, your genes can give you insight into the best ways to prevent heart-related problems.

Start here:

  1. Check to see if you carry the Lp(a) variant that is linked to ‘widow maker’ heart attacks. 
  2. See how your genes impact cholesterol levels.
  3. Are you at risk for blood clots? 

Recent articles in the Heart Disease category:

Nitric Oxide Synthase: Heart health, blood pressure, and aging - Athletes are drinking beet juice to boost it, and people having chest pains pop nitroglycerine under their tongue with chest ... Read more
Will Aspirin Prevent Heart Disease? - Many people take a baby aspirin every day to prevent heart disease. This is based on large-scale group studies that ... Read more
The genetics of high triglycerides - Triglycerides are the main type of fat in your blood. Triglyceride is a general term for a type of lipid ... 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. Knowledge is power here. ... Read more
LDL Cholesterol - Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and around the world, and high LDL-cholesterol levels have ... Read more
Plant Sterols for Lowering Cholesterol Depend on Genetics - One recommendation often made for lowering cholesterol levels is to consume higher amounts of plant sterols.  You can find plant ... Read more
lipoprotein(a) gene check your 23andMe Lipoprotein(a): A big genetic risk for heart disease - By reading this information, you could possibly save your life today. This isn’t a scare tactic or overblown health-alert type ... Read more
Advanced Glycation End Products - Recent research shows that advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are a causative factor in many degenerative diseases – including almost ... Read more
High blood pressure due to AGTR1 gene variants - Blood pressure may not be something that you think much about – unless your doctor is harping about it being ... Read more
NAD+ article including human studies on NR and NMN NAD+ Reversing Aging? Overview of NR and NMN - Nicotinamide riboside (NR) and nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) are two supplements that have taken the longevity and anti-aging world by storm. ... Read more
Ancestral Diet: Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids - Butter will give you a heart attack! Only cook with Crisco, vegetable oil, canola oil, olive oil. Wait — everyone is ... Read more
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 ... Read more
Prothrombin: Blood Clot Risk - You wake up one morning with a pain in your leg, trying to think back as to what you did ... 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 ... Read more
PCSK9 Gene Variants and Cholesterol - Just over fifteen years ago, researchers discovered that a mutation in the PSCK9 gene caused really high cholesterol levels. This ... Read more
Low HDL Levels Can Be Genetic - HDL cholesterol is known as the ‘good’ cholesterol. A study in the late 1970s/early 80s known as the Framingham Study ... 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 ... Read more
Saturated Fat and Your Genes - There has been a decades-long debate about which type of fat is best: saturated fat vs polyunsaturated fat. Those in ... 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 ... Read more
Thiamine – Genetic Variations in Need for B1 - Thiamine (vitamin B1) is a water-soluble vitamin that serves as a cofactor in the metabolism of carbohydrates, branch chain amino ... Read more
Vitamin C and Your Genes - Like most nutrients, our genes play a role in how vitamin C is absorbed, transported, and used by the body.  ... 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 ... Read more
Coffee: Is it right for your genes? - Want to see your genetic data in the Genetic Variants section below? Select your raw genome .txt file. Privacy first! ... Read more