How Does Genetics Affect Cardiovascular Health?

Genetics are responsible for several things, including our risk of certain medical conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and your genes may be putting you at a greater risk of developing this condition. At the Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island, our mission is to lower the burden of heart disease while promoting longevity and vitality by focusing on the root causes of disease. 

Genetics and your Heart Health

Genetics can influence the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in several ways. Your genes control nearly every aspect of the cardiovascular system. A gene mutation can affect the likelihood of developing heart disease. Several cardiac disorders can be inherited, including the following:

  • Congenital Heart Disease. 
  • Arrhythmias.
  • Cardiomyopathy.
  • High Cholesterol. 
  • Coronary Artery Disease.

When someone is talking about heart disease, it’s usually referred to as coronary disease and heart attacks caused by genetic and environmental factors. If you have a family history of coronary heart disease, heart attacks, elevated cholesterol, and strokes, this can increase your risk of developing coronary heart disease. If you are already seeing a cardiologist, you might benefit from genetic testing to learn more about your condition.

Environmental Factors

While certain genetic factors play a role in some heart-related conditions, those with a family history of heart disease likely share common environments that can increase their risk. Heredity combined with unhealthy lifestyle choices can also increase the risk. Here are some lifestyle behaviors that increase the risk of heart disease:

  • Smoking. 
  • Excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Eating a diet high in cholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats. 
  • Sedentary lifestyle. 

At the Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island, we take an individualized approach to treating patients. Our FIT in Your Genes Heartwell program aims to achieve stabilization of heart disease by reducing the risk of a cardiac event. Our mission is to help patients achieve optimal heart health and wellness.

Contact Dr. Regina Druz

At the Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island, we provide patients with a personalized approach that is focused on treating cardiovascular conditions at the source. We pride ourselves in treating the patient as a whole, taking into consideration their lifestyle, genetics, habits, and beliefs. To learn more about our cardiovascular treatment programs or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today! 

By | 2021-07-15T14:46:49+00:00 July 14th, 2021|