Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Coronary Artery Disease is
What does this mean?
Your genotypes indicate that you have normal risk for Coronary Artery Disease.
How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?
This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Coronary Artery Disease.
Risk Factors Can Influence The Risk of Developing Coronary artery disease
Genetics are NOT the only risk factor for Coronary Artery Disease.
Coronary Artery Disease is believed to be caused by a combination of environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors. Now that you have learnt about your genetic risk, you can determine how aggressively you need to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.
The earlier in your life that you commit to living a healthy lifestyle, the more you can reduce your risk for or delay the development of Coronary Artery Disease.
Being post-menopausal for women and being older than 45 for men increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease.
Having diabetes increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease.
Having high blood pressure increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease.
Having high LDL (bad) cholesterol and low HDL (good) cholesterol increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease.
Having a family history of coronary artery diseases increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease.
Suggested Lifestyle Changes
- A diet low in fat (<10% of total amount of calories), low in salt, low in cholesterol (<300 mg/day), low in calories, and high in fiber (>20 g/day) can help to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.
- Limit the intake of butter, lard (when cooking), baked goods and sugary beverages.
- Consume low fat milk and dairy products, lean meat, aim to use salt-free seasoning.
- Reduce having canned food which have high amount of salt.
- Consume more nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, cashews, pecans, macadamias, and Brazil nuts as they are beneficial in preventing cardiovascular heart diseases.
- Soybeans are a good source of fiber, iron, calcium, zinc, and B vitamins, and the consumption of soy product is also associated with reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
- Diets which are high in raw vegetables and fruits can also help to reduce coronary artery disease risk. If possible limit or avoid fried and breaded vegetables, canned vegetables which are in high in sodium, frozen/canned fruits with added sugar.
- Stop smoking to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Smoking causes excessive oxidative and tissue damage to the vascular system. This can dramatically accelerate plaque buildup and CAD.
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of CAD progression. Avoid exceeding more than 2 servings of alcoholic beverages per day. However, studies have shown light alcohol consumption to be beneficial in stimulating a healthy heart function. A serving of wine a day is high in resveratrol, a potent antioxidant that can preserve healthy heart function.
- Aim to do more physical activities to increase cardiovascular and respiratory performance as well as improve body composition.