NIH Genomic Mapping Study Finds Largest Set of Genes Related to Major Risk Factor for Heart Disease – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers have found between a quarter and a third of the inherited portions of the major risk factors for coronary heart disease. Its genetic variants, says Dr. Christopher O'Donnell, associate director of the Framingham Heart Study and senior advisor at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
O’Donnell: The research team found approximately 95 genetic variants or sign posts in the DNA, so-called miss spellings in the DNA code, which contributes to changes in blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels in men and women of many ethnic backgrounds. And abnormal levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides are powerful risk factors for heart disease.
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