Genes found to play bigger role in heart health

ABC News' Dr. Jennifer Ashton shares takeaways from new research that found over 30% of heart disease cases are caused by genetic factors.
2:06 | 06/21/19

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cared but they do. Anyway to that "Gma" health alert. Heart disease may be more closely linked to inherited genetic factors than provigil thought so Dr. Ashton is back with more. Dr. Jen, what did we think before the percentage and what are we looking at now. Not heart disease, the kind that causes a heart attack or clogged artery, other types. We thought it was about a 20% risk your genes give you what we call inherited heart disease. Now according to the study it may be as high as 30% owe talking about things like diseases of the heart muscle which we call a cardiomyopathy or irregular arrhythmias, so, again, these are not necessarily things you think about or hear about a lot but very, very important in the world of cardiology. Always ask your parents. Be 00 ware of what their record is. Should you get a genetic test. We're not quite there. Obviously that's where we're going in the future and opens up a lot of potential research for targeted therapy as well as prevention but we are using -- known about certain genetic mew takes to decide is this the right medication or drug for you and seeing that in the fields of psychiatrist and cancer, oncology, this is the world of genetics, very, very important. I remember the number you often tell us, 80% of heart disease is preventable. Does it apply to these people with this genetic -- 2340, but incredibly important. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the country and worldwide so when we talk about 80% is preventible, these are the things you need to target, number one, do not smoke and if you smoke do everything you can to stop. Maintain your weight in a healthy range. We know we hear that a lot but it's very important, be fit, be active as much as active and the two new ones lower your stress and connect socially. Those things are very, very important. They actually have real clinical benefit for our heart health. Jen, Cecilia. Lowering stress. My heart. Thank you, Dr. Jen.

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