Heart disease risk is hidden in your genes. Scientists are getting better at finding it.

In the United States, around 735,000 people each year have a heart attack. In all, heart disease (and its complications, including heart attacks) kills 610,000 a year here, making it the leading cause of death in America and worldwide. Preventing heart disease is a huge public health challenge. And right now doctors have good, butContinue reading “Heart disease risk is hidden in your genes. Scientists are getting better at finding it.”

Scientist thinks he has developed a genetic test for heart attack risk and wants to give it away free.

by Matthew Herper A Harvard scientist thinks he’s reached a new milestone: a genetic test that helps identify people who are at high risk of having a heart attack. Can he convince doctors to use it? “I think–in a few years, I think everybody will know this number, similar to the way we know ourContinue reading “Scientist thinks he has developed a genetic test for heart attack risk and wants to give it away free.”

How stress can clog your arteries

By Sarah C. P. Williams There’s a reason people say “Calm down or you’re going to have a heart attack.” Chronic stress—such as that brought on by job, money, or relationship troubles—is suspected to increase the risk of a heart attack. Now, researchers studying harried medical residents and harassed rodents have offered an explanation forContinue reading “How stress can clog your arteries”