The Relationship Between Genes, Triglycerides and Heart Disease

June 19, 2014 3:37 PM

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The Relationship Between Genes, Triglycerides and Heart Disease

Due to the growing risk of heart disease in the United States, cholesterol has been a topic of significant interest and research over the past few years. Patients have been told to aim for low levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in order to keep their cholesterol levels in check. But, according to a recent study, there may be a new method to lower cholesterol and help prevent the risk of heart disease.

The study, conducted at the Broad Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, analyzed 4,000 people who carry 4 rare genetic mutations in the APOC3 gene that causes significantly lower levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood, elevated levels of...

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