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Like Father Like Son? Y Chromosome Linked to Heart Disease

Like Father Like Son? Y Chromosome Linked to Heart Disease | Heart Disease | Scoop.it

Dad may be credited with more than just your facial features. A new study suggests that heart disease risk may be passed from father to son.

The researchers focused on genetic markers on the Y chromosome — which is present only in male DNA (women have two X chromosomes) — and found that men with a certain genetic variant were 50% more likely to have coronary artery disease than those without it. It has to do with its influence on inflammation and immunity.

The findings do not suggest that the variant accounts fully for men’s heart disease risk, or that scanning Y chromosomes would help predict an individual man’s risk of developing coronary artery disease. But the association offers an interesting avenue for further scientific inquiry.

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Middle age risk factors drive greater lifetime risk for heart disease

A new study reports that while an individual's risk of heart disease may be low in the next five or 10 years, the lifetime risk could still be very high, findings that could have implications for both clinical practice and public health policy.
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The Two Types Of Blood Pressure

High blood pressure affects millions of Americans. These individuals have to deal with many of the problems that can occur because of this disease. But there are really two types of this disease.
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