Heart Health

Heart disease is the number one cause of death, making heart health a priority for everyone.  With the term heart disease encompassing many different conditions, it can be hard to know where you should focus to prevent heart problems. You can prioritize your actions and personalize your diet based on knowing your genetic susceptibility.

Nitric Oxide Synthase: Heart health, blood pressure, and aging

Nitric Oxide Synthase is an important signaling molecule in the endothelium of our blood vessels. It has roles in the regulation of blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, brain health, and more. Genetic variants in nitric oxide genes are important for a healthy heart. Find out how your genes could play a part in the interactions with cardiovascular disease risk and blood pressure.

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Lipoprotein(a): A silent risk factor for heart attacks

High Lp(a) levels are a big risk factor for sudden heart attacks. Your Lp(a) levels are mainly controlled by your genetic variants. Check to see if you carry genetic variants that increase or decrease Lp(a).

LDL Cholesterol Genes

Your genes combine with your diet to influence your LDL cholesterol level. Learn more about why LDL cholesterol levels may matter in heart disease - and find out how your genes are important here.

Statins & Muscle Pain

Certain genetic variants increase your risk for muscle pain from statins considerably. Check your genetic data and learn more about the causes of muscle pain with statins.

Fibrinogen and Your Genes

Fibrinogen is a protein that is essential for creating blood clots when you get a wound. But higher levels of fibrinogen are a major risk factor for heart disease and DVT. Learn how your genes impact your fibrinogen level.

Aspirin and Heart Attack Protection

While large population studies show benefits of aspirin, research shows that these heart-health benefits are dependent on your genes. Find out more and check your genetic raw data.

PIA1/A2 and Heart Attack Risk

The PIA2 variant of the ITGB3 gene is linked to an increased risk of blood clots - including stroke, heart attack, and DVT. But this variant also comes with a positive trade off...

C-Reactive Protein: A Measure of Inflammation, Affected by Genetics

High CRP (C-Reactive Protein) levels are linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Genetics plays a role in CRP levels, and certain CRP variants are linked with an increased risk of heart disease.

Plant Sterols Decrease Cholesterol - But only for some people...

Plant sterols are known as a 'heart healthy' way to lower cholesterol. But, it turns out that they may only lower cholesterol only in people with certain genetic variants. Check your genes to see if adding plant sterols is worthwhile for you.

Triglycerides: Your genes impact your triglyceride levels

High triglycerides are linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Both genetics and diet combine to elevate triglyceride levels. Learn how your genes interact with what you eat to lower your triglycerides.

AGTR1 Gene and High Blood Pressure

There are several causes of high blood pressure. Genetic variants in the AGTR1 gene are strongly linked with blood pressure -- and there are specific lifestyle changes that should work to change your blood pressure if you carry the variants.

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Factor V Leiden and Blood Clots

The factor V Leiden genetic mutation significantly increases the lifetime risk of blood clots. Check your genetic data to see if you carry this mutation - and then learn to recognize the symptoms of blood clots.

ACE: High Fat Diet and Blood Pressure

Research shows that people with the ACE deletion genotype are likely to have an increase in blood pressure on a high fat diet. Find out how a high fat diet interacts with your genes.

PCSK9 Variants Greatly Impact LDL Cholesterol

There are several important variants in the PCSK9 gene. Some variants cause lower LDL-cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease by 2-fold. Other variants increase LDL-c and increase the risk of heart disease.

Prothrombin Gene Variants and Deep Vein Thrombosis

Genetic variants in the prothrombin gene increase the risk of blood clots (DVTs). Learn if you carry this risk factor for miscarriage, blood clots, and stroke.