Snips about SNPs: Heart attack risk – Lp(a)

check your genetic data for lp(a)

Lipoprotein(a) carries LDL cholesterol proteins. Elevated Lp(a) is a big risk factor for heart attacks, and elevated Lp(a) is mainly due to genetics.  Check your 23andMe or AncestryDNA data today to see if you carry the genetic variants linked to elevated Lp(a). If you do? Time to talk to your doctor or go get a blood test done to find out your Lp(a) level.

Check your genetic data for rs3798220  (23andMe v4, v5, AncestryDNA):

  • C/C: risk of elevated Lp(a), increased risk for heart disease – 3.7x risk of aortic stenosis [ref][ref]
  • C/T: risk of  elevated Lp(A), increased risk for heart disease, increased risk of aortic stenosis
  • T/T: normal

Check your genetic data for rs10455872 (23andMe v4, v5; AncestryDNA):

  • G/G: likely elevated Lp(a), increased risk for heart disease – 2x risk of aortic stenosis [ref][ref]
  • A/G: likely elevated Lp(A), increased risk for heart disease
  • A/A: normal

Want more details? Check out the full article on lipoprotein(a).

*SNP stands for Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, which is when one of the nucleotide bases (the A, C, G, or Ts) is replaced by a different nucleotide base in a gene.  Want to know more about your genes? Read through all the Snips about SNPs

 

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