Do You Have the Heart Attack Gene?

Genetics plays a significant role in whether you will have a heart attack or stroke. Although we cannot yet alter our genes, some genetic information can determine optimal treatment choices for you as an individual that might not be right for others, even in the same family. The expression of genes can be changed by choices. This concept is called epigenomics.

Genetic testing is becoming more affordable. And because it only needs to be done once, it can actually be quite cost effective.

Genes and their impact: 

  • ApoE genotype: Indicates higher risk and suggests that a particular diet diet may lower that risk better than other diets. ApoE 4 genotypes carry a higher risk of Alzheimers Dementia.

  • KIF-6 genotype: Affects risk of events and guides the choice of optimal statin choice.

  • Haptoglobin genotype: Determines if Vitamin E is a powerful medication or a harmful toxin for your arteries!

  • 9p21 genotype: The "Heart Attack Gene" identifies higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Awareness of higher risk can provoke more proactive efforts on controllable factors

There are other genes that determine how you metabolize medications. This can be important if you are on multiple medications that can interact with one another or require metabolism for elimination or activation.

Knowing your genetics allows The Center for Prevention to INDIVIDUALIZE and PERSONALIZE your care to lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. We offer genetic testing for all and encourage it especially for those who have had a heart attack, stroke, TIA, stent, bypass or signs of dementia to optimize treatment. For others, it enables the best possible choices to personalize your care.