We have all been informed of the numerous causes of heart attacks; high blood pressure and dangerous cholesterol levels, poor diet and lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, but shocking new studies have revealed, that these well-known catalysts for heart attacks are only the tip of the iceberg. A new research study presents startling facts, that some people are born predetermined to suffer a heart attack, at an early age.
Many people are aware of the likely possibilities of a heart attack, due to their poor lifestyle choices, or family history of heart complications. Sometimes, it may take a person to have a ‘close call’, early symptoms or a tragic event, to change their ways. To counter-act these factors and attempt to rejuvenate their lives, many people drastically alter their lifestyles immediately and begin exercising regularly and eating healthier. Sadly, for some, they may not have the ability to do so, due to a predetermined genetic mutation, that places them at a higher risk to suffer from a heart attack, before the age of 60.
Bio-medical research institutions have pinpointed the gene that greatly increases the risk of a young person to suffer from a heart attack. Mutations of the APOA5 gene, disable its natural ability to maintain dangerous types of fat in a person’s blood stream, allowing them to become more susceptible to suffer from a heart attack. Regardless of their age, the person that is afflicted,with this genetic mutation, will be born with a higher risk of heart attack; then once you factor in the possibilities of that person becoming a heavy drinker, smoker, over weight, or any other common causes of heart attack, they immediately and unknowingly place themselves at an even higher risk to suffer a heart attack, as a young person.
Statistics show that heart attacks occur approximately every 34 seconds, in the US alone. 5 percent of the average amount of heart attacks occur on a daily basis, afflict men under 50 and women under 60. This 5 percent will generally show no warning signs of the heart attack other than the heart attack itself. Often, the heart attack that afflicts a younger person will leave them severely disabled, with permanent heart damage, if they survive.
This study involved team of researchers and investigators from the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital and numerous other leading bio-medical research facilities. This study is currently the largest of its kind that is based on a single disease that has been published.