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12 Heart Health Breakthroughs That Could Save Your Life

Reader's Digest.CA Logo By Jessica Migala of Reader's Digest.CA | Slide 1 of 12: Your genes may be working against your heart. In a landmark study, a group of international researchers pinpointed a blood test that can screen for 'all known inherited heart condition genes,' according to a press release. (The research was published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Medicine in 2016.) It's a significant breakthrough because, as the researchers note, this blood test is accurate, results can be received faster, and it's more cost-effective, too. Though it looks like it's only available internationally for now, it's already being used to screen patients. These are the 5 heart disease risk factors you never knew.

A test that checks for genetic heart conditions

Your genes may be working against your heart. In a landmark study, a group of international researchers pinpointed a blood test that can screen for 'all known inherited heart condition genes,' according to a press release. (The research was published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Medicine in 2016.) It's a significant breakthrough because, as the researchers note, this blood test is accurate, results can be received faster, and it's more cost-effective, too. Though it looks like it's only available internationally for now, it's already being used to screen patients. These are the 5 heart disease risk factors you never knew.
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