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What Is The Role Of Genetics In Heart Disease?

Jun 7, 2017

Heart disease can affect anyone regardless of gender, race or ethnicity. The risks of heart disease are higher in the following cases:

  • If either your father or brother has had heart complications while under the age of 55.
  • If either your mother or sister was under the age of 65 when diagnosed with heart problems.

Heart diseases can also be caused by other reasons such as

  • Congenital birth defects
  • Unhealthy living
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Drug or alcohol abuse

Genetics are sometimes known as a ‘non-modifiable risk factor’ because they are a risk factor that cannot be changed. A family history of stroke – especially on the maternal side – could increase the risk of heart attacks in women.

While you cannot change this risk factor, you can address the other risk factors of heart disease by

  • Monitoring your blood pressure regularly and keeping it in check
  • Exercising regularly
  • Opting for a healthy diet
  • Quitting smoking and alcohol
  • Maintaining a healthy weight according to your Body Mass Index [BMI]

To conclude, even if genetics play a role in heart diseases, you can minimize the risk by making changes to your diet and lifestyle. To know more, check out our article on Congestive Heart Failure: How to Live Longer.

Sharda Agarwal

Sharda Agarwal

Co-founder, Sepalika. Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (Cert Awaited), Nutritional Therapy Association, USA
Sharda Agarwal is a qualified Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner. She first used dietary supplements to overcome a debilitating migraine she suffered for years. Since then she has studied the subjects of nutrition and nutrients extensively. She uses this to manage the health of her family at home and with Sepalika.