In fact, over 30 percent of heart disease cases are caused by genetic factors, according to research published this month in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Are most heart diseases genetic?
Genetic factors likely play some role in high blood pressure, heart disease, and other related conditions. However, it is also likely that people with a family history of heart disease share common environments and other factors that may increase their risk.
What genetic mutation causes heart disease?
Until recently, these cardiac genetic disorders have been thought to involve only single-gene defects (ie, in an individual patient, 1 mutation in a single gene leads to a disease). Table 1. Genetic Basis of HCM.
|Gene Name||Encoded Protein||Disease %|
|cTnC||Cardiac troponin C||<0.5|
What are the genetic factors for heart disease?
You can also have an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease if you have family members with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, which can have genetic predisposition. Still, family history is just one component of your overall risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
Are blocked arteries genetic?
A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified a gene — called SVEP1 — that makes a protein that influences the risk of coronary artery disease independent of cholesterol.
Is Ischaemic heart disease preventable?
CHD is largely preventable, as many of its risk factors are modifiable. These include tobacco smoking, biomedical risk factors such as high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol, insufficient physical activity, poor diet and nutrition, and overweight and obesity.
What can you do if you have a family history of heart disease?
If you have a family history of heart disease, visit your doctor to discuss your risk of developing heart disease. If you are 45 and over, make sure you see your doctor for regular Heart Health Checks, to keep an eye on your heart health and minimise your risk of developing heart disease.