The fact that your parent or sibling died from cardiovascular disease may be a source of great worry. Research indicates that you should not worry that much about the genetic predisposition.
- The inherited risk of heart attack can be reduced through physical activity, healthy eating, and maintaining healthy body weight.
- The study reveals that little efforts in any of these areas will help to cut the inherited risk of heart disease by 50 percent. 80 percent of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes.
- However, people with the genetic advantage of protection against heart disease will suffer heart problems through unhealthy lifestyle.
“For heart attack at least, DNA is not destiny,” Kathiresan said. “You have control over your risk for heart attack, even if you’ve been dealt a bad hand.”
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