Harvard Heart Letter

The genetics of heart disease: An update

Recent discoveries hold the promise of better detection and treatment of coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease — the buildup of cholesterol-laden plaque in the heart’s arteries — is by far the most prevalent life-threatening heart condition. Despite many important discoveries, the genetic influence on this complex condition remains far from clear. But research continues to provide clues that may soon improve both the prediction and the treatment of this common disease…

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