Heart Health

Your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and weight all factor into the health of your heart and along with your genetics play a role in your risk for heart disease. Start living a healthy lifestyle to prevent such problems.

23andMe Familial Hypercholesterolemia report looks at your genetic risk for very high cholesterol, which can increase the risk of heart disease.


Mobile Research at 23andMe

March 21, 2016
23andMe announced this week that it would add access to genetic information to ResearchKit, an open source framework introduced by Apple that allows researchers and developers to create powerful apps...
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Heart Disease, Genetics and the Mediterranean Diet

March 25, 2013
Your diet has a huge impact on your health, particularly influencing your risk for things like heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Your genetics equally contributes to your...
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SNPwatch: Common Genetic Factors Associated with “Blue Babies”

February 22, 2013
Image by Mariana Ruiz LadyofHats [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsBy Bethann Hromatka, Ph.D.New research suggests that a once-fatal congenital heart defect – sometimes called “blue baby syndrome” – is influenced...
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Genetics and a Healthy Heart

February 06, 2013
February is American Heart Month and a time to focus on what remains the nation’s number one killer – heart disease – which is responsible for one in three deaths...
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Barfly Genetics

January 24, 2013
You probably know that smoking and excessive drinking are bad for you. But did you know that your genetics also factor into how much those vices can impact your health?...
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Highlighting 23andMe Research at ASHG 2012

July 29, 2012
Team 23andMe will again have a strong presence at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. We’ve been at this gathering of geneticists and those interested in...
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Ah, Fatherhood — Dirty Diapers, Skinned Knees … and Healthier Hearts?

June 11, 2012
You claim that Junior is giving you gray hairs, but is he really? In actuality your kids may be adding years to your life — one recent study suggests that...
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Second Opinion: Haplogroup I Likely Not Linked to Heart Disease

April 04, 2012
A recent study in The Lancet reported that variation on the Y chromosome is associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) in British men. Here, we discuss the special properties of the Y chromosome and their implications for association studies, our concerns about the evidence the authors use to support their finding, and observations from the 23andMe database for haplogroup I and heart disease.
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SNPwatch: KIF6 Tangos with LDL Cholesterol and Coronary Heart Disease

February 02, 2012
A genetic variant in the KIF6 gene has been controversially linked to heart disease and statin response. In 2010 it looked like the tide was turning and that there was no association after all, but now new research suggests that the relationship may simply be a little more complex.
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My Heart, My Family, and MYBPC3

January 23, 2012
Not too long ago I was a sedentary, slightly-overweight, South Asian man entering my thirties. Like everyone I know, I felt that the less I saw my doctor, the better. Most importantly, by medical standards, I had no reason to consider myself predisposed to heart disease. Not long ago, my 23andMe data changed my story. (Read on for a personal story of how 23andMe results prompted someone to learn some valuable information about his family's medical history and make important changes for his health.)
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