Both genetic and lifestyle factors contribute to an individual's risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). In an analysis of three prospective cohort studies, researchers found those with the highest genetic risk experienced a 91% higher risk for CAD. However, if they followed 3 or more healthy lifestyle habits their risk dropped by 46% compared with those who had 1 or fewer healthy lifestyle habits! The 4 healthy lifestyle habits were not smoking, no obesity, regular physical activity, and a wholesome diet.
PositiveTip: A healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce inherited cardiac risk.