Men are Genetically Prone to Heart Diseases and Strokes

by Savitha C Muppala on  September 1, 2010 at 10:59 PM Heart Disease News
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A new study shows that men are genetically more prone to heart diseases and strokes.

Significant genetic variations called l-haplogroup make them 55 per cent more likely to develop coronary disease
 Men are Genetically Prone to Heart Diseases and Strokes
Men are Genetically Prone to Heart Diseases and Strokes

Researchers said it was too early to tell whether the gene has a greater effect on the health of the heart than factors such as smoking and high blood pressure.

Peter Weissberg said that if the genetic variation was linked to a risk factor such as hypertension then the discovery might be useful because men with high blood pressure could be treated more aggressively.

The l-haplogroup variant is said to have arrived to Europe from the Middle East some 25,000 years ago.

It is more common in northern Europe - raising speculation that it might explain why heart disease rates are higher in the UK than in Mediterranean countries.

"We are a long way off being able to judge the potency of this genetic effect. This will not be a test you can get in the near future," the Daily Mail quoted Weissberg as saying.

Source: ANI

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