Physical activity may be linked to lower risk of CV disease, even among those with elevated genetic risk, research suggests

Physical activity may be linked to lower risk of CV disease, even among those with elevated genetic risk, research suggests

TIME (4/9, Sifferlin) reports research published in Circulation “suggests that even if you have a genetic risk for heart disease, there’s a simple way to combat it: Exercise.”

        HealthDay (4/9, Norton) reports that “the findings…are based on genetic data and other information collected from close to 500,000 British adults aged 40 to 69.”

        MedPage Today

 (4/9, Boyles) reports that “greater hand grip strength, increased physical activity, and better cardiovascular fitness were all associated with reduced heart attack and stroke risk in people with and without genetic predispositions for heart disease.” The data also indicated that “among participants with an intermediate genetic risk for developing cardiovascular disease, those with the strongest grips were 36% less likely to develop coronary heart disease and 46% less likely to develop atrial fibrillation (AF) than participants with the same genetic risk who had the weakest grips.” Meanwhile, “among participants determined to have the highest genetic risk for cardiovascular disease, the highest level of cardiorespiratory fitness was associate

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