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I frequently talk about being proactive as opposed to being reactive. Today, I want to talk about being proactive when it comes to your cardiovascular health.†
How do genetics play into cardiovascular health?
Cardiovascular disease can be easily influenced by insulin resistance, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, inflammation and more. If we have a tendency to have thicker or thinner blood, for example, this can have an impact on our cardiovascular health. We could also look at why one person might develop a blood clot while someone else might not or why one person’s cut bleeds for longer than another’s.†
There are different factors that can impact all of these things, such as daily exercise and following a healthy diet, but we can also look at genetic predispositions to cardiac problems. This is important because we know that cardiovascular disease is the leading contributor to both morbidity and mortality, with over 17 million deaths occurring annually due to cardiovascular disease.†
As we get older, the risks to our cardiovascular health begin to go up, but we can now look at specific, inherited genetic components that might make a difference in terms of how we exercise, what we eat and what supplements we’re taking.†
Learning about and understanding your genes
At InViteⓇ Health, we offer a Cardiac Health Test, which looks at eight different genes that can indicate if you have a genetic variant that can increase your cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke. Now that we can pinpoint specific genes that may be problematic, we have the opportunity to be proactive and make changes that will benefit our health ahead of time. We can’t change our genes, but we can change up what we’re doing to address any gene variants.†
These genes can help us to indicate if we need to work on our body’s ability to metabolize fats, manage cholesterol levels and more. They can also help us understand what supplements we may need to incorporate into our routine. Beetroot extract, for instance, can assist with the natural production of nitric oxide. Arginine can help to enhance nitric oxide production. Adequate amounts of magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and resveratrol are important as well. This is what it means to be proactive about your health.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains the importance of understanding your body’s genetics when it comes to cardiovascular health. She details the capabilities of our Cardiac Health Test and discusses how this can help us be proactive about our health.†
- What is cardiovascular disease?
- Details about our Cardiac Health Test
- The importance of the APOE gene
- Nutrients that may help with cardiovascular health
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Vitamin D, commonly referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”, is naturally produced in the body through sun exposure but also can be consumed through some foods like fish and eggs and through supplementation. A vitamin D deficiency can occur for a number of reasons, which include limited consumption of the vitamin and limited exposure to sunlight. For those with a vitamin D deficiency, an increased risk of heart problems, including cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment and even asthma can arise if left to its own devices without a change in diet or proper supplementation.
Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, have discovered yet another risk of a vitamin D deficiency. The study concluded that vitamin D deficiency is linked to more serious health risks such as coronary artery disease, heart attacks, and strokes if vitamin D levels are above 15 nanograms per milliliter.
Co-director of cardiovascular research at the Institute and lead researcher of the study, J. Brent Muhlestein, MD, stated, “Although vitamin D levels above 30 were traditionally considered to be normal, more recently, some researchers have proposed that anything above 15 was a safe level. But the numbers hadn’t been backed up with research until now. Even if any level above 15 is safe, one out of 10 people still have vitamin D levels lower than that. This equates to a very large percentage of our population. The best way to determine one’s vitamin D level is by getting a blood test.”
In this study, due to the Intermountain Healthcare’s vast clinical database, more than 230,000 patients were able to be evaluated. Split into four groups (less than 15ng/ml, 15-29ng/ml, 30-44ng/ml, less than or equal to 45ng/ml) and followed for three years, researchers compiled data on major cardiac events, including death, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, stroke and heart or kidney failure. The risk of cardiovascular events increased by 35% in the greater than 15ng/ml group compared to the other three.
Dr. Muhlestein explains that this study shreds “new light and direction on patients taking vitamin D supplements” as they may benefit from achieving higher blood levels of vitamin D in patients whose levels are below 15ng/ml.
*Before starting a vitamin D regimen, speak to your primary physician or a nutritionist on how it may help with heart problems.