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Family History Of Heart Disease? You Can Still Cut Risk 50 Percent

DNA isn't destiny when it comes to heart attacks. That's at least the takeaway from a new study of more than 55,000 adults published in the New England Journal of Medicine . Even if you're genetically predisposed to coronary heart disease - the most common type, which often results in heart attacks - you can cut your odds in half by following even a semi-healthy lifestyle.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Lifestyle has significant epigenetic consequences that alter the expression of your genes. Unfortunately the epigenetic marks induced by lifestyle as an adult have to be constantly reinforced to maintain those epigenetic marks that can counterbalance potentially poor standard genetics. Once you begin to consider lifestyle to be a form of gene therapy, the likelihood for compliance increases.

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